Today is my son’s 22nd birthday. He is a joy and delight to our lives. Tom and I couldn’t be more proud of the man that he has become. He is pursuing his dreams in CA. He is currently working on the show American Gladiators as a casting assistant. He’s gotten to meet the show’s host Hulk Hogan. The show will run for eight episodes in January. The best part is he’s having a blast.
I remember when I became pregnant with him. Our daughter was a little over a year old. We just wanted a healthy baby and didn’t matter if it was a girl or boy. We had names picked out for either. My father on the other hand kept saying this was going to be his grandson. He was very sure about that fact.
I loved being pregnant and feeling the baby kick and move. My son moved a lot. Tom was amazed at how fast the kicks would come. It is funny that 22 years later I can remember the day so vividly. I was scheduled to have a C-section. This made my dad nuts. He said the doctor wasn’t God and couldn’t tell his grandson when to be born. He was right. I went into labor the day before I was to have the C-section. I was already checked in to the hospital and just relaxing. When suddenly that feeling comes back and you remember what labor feels like. We called the nurse who called the doctor. Four hours later he came. He was at a fancy dinner (he was wearing a tuxedo) about two hours away. I remember seeing him for the first time and how grateful to God I was that he was fine. He had all his fingers and his toes.
I love my son and it was hard not having him here for Thanksgiving or his birthday. I missed making him his favorite dinner and baking him a cake. I missed giving him a hug. I called him, but it wasn’t the same. I so wanted to be there with him. This is how life is, we raise up our children and they sometimes move away. He’s working hard doing something he loves. He’s happy and because of that I’m happy. I wouldn’t want him to be anyplace else. I love him enough to let go.
He’s coming home for Christmas and I’m so excited about seeing him. Happy Birthday Son! Your dad and I love you.
© Nadine Z. 2007