Sunday, March 1, 2020

When Your Son Turns 18

I look at my son and I think, how, how can you be 18?

But it's true. He's 18 now. He's legally an adult. An adult.

When your son turns 18, you won't believe it at first. But then it sets in.







He's 18. He doesn't need my permission to do things anymore. He can legally make decisions on his own. Doctors don't even need to talk to me anymore. It's all him.






When your son turns 18, you'll picture him as a little boy. You'll remember how he used to sing along to The Wiggles and sit on the couch with a battered old mini notebook as he watched Blue's Clues.






When your son turns 18, you'll want to cry. But you'll also want to laugh because he made it. You made it. He's 18. He's a good kid.

When your son turns 18, you'll cherish the time you have with him, because you don't know how much of it is left. He can decide to leave at any time, and there's not much you can do because he's LEGALLY AN ADULT.




When your son turns 18, you'll hate it. But you'll love it at the same time. You get to see what he'll be as a man. You get to see who he'll be. You'll have all the memories. And yes, it'll sting from time to time, because most of you wants to keep him safe, always, in your home. But the other part of you knows that it's okay to let go. Maybe just a little bit at first.

When your son turns 18, you'll hug him and whisper, "I love you," and he might say, "Wow, I'm 18. I can't believe it. Can you?" and you'll honestly reply, "No."




40 comments:

  1. Happy bday Tommy. I ask my kid sister all the time, Are you sure you are 20? coz it seems like you were 2 not that long ago.

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  2. I don’t have any kids (yet) so can’t really relate, but I can only imagine how you must feel. Time really does fly!

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  3. happy birthday to your son I think you must be so proud of him.

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  4. This post makes me think about my own kids who are getting older and the song Sunrise Sunset. When did they get so old and that means I am too.

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  5. Happy birthday to him. My oldest will be 16 this year, so I am right behind you. It goes by WAY too fast.

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  6. My middle child is now 20 and I am like where did the time go. My oldest is also having another baby so they do grow up fast

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  7. I`m afraid of this honestly! They are growing too fast! My older is only 7 but he will grow up so fast! Happy B-day to your boy!

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  8. Happy Birthday! My son just turned 17 last week. Kids grow up so fast.

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  9. It's so scary to think about, isn't it? My oldest son is now 26 and most of my kids are now adults. But I am loving seeing them live out their lives. Good times!

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  10. 18 is a milestone for sure. He's such a darling little boy, I am surprised that you let him grow up. Ha.

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  11. It’s one of those moments as a mom when we realize where did the time go? My daughters are still young but one is approaching 10! The decade went by too quickly.

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  12. It is always so bittersweet anytime my kids reach a new milestone or celebrate another birthday. I hate that they're growing up but at the same time I love seeing all the changes. Happy birthday to your son!

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  13. Happy Birthday!!! 18 is such a big number! I remember turning 18 - then I remember turning 25 and feeling so, so low!

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  14. Happy Birthday! 18 years is such a beautiful age! Wish you the best from this world!

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  15. Time flies! Happy birthday to your son, 18 is such a magic age!

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  16. Happy Birthday to you son! I hope he enjoys it. I am not going to look forward to this day at all. I just want my kids to stay little.

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  17. My son will be 31 in April and I still see the little boy often.

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  18. My son will turn 17 soon and I can't believe it either. Happy birthday to your son. I hope he had a great time celebrating his 18th birthday. -LYNNDEE

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  19. Oh my gosh this is really wonderful. Happy birthday Tommy!

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  20. Aww what an exciting time. I hope that you had fun celebrating! It looks like you did.

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  21. Happy birthday to your son. Mom always cry with things like this. Lots of precious moments!

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  22. This got my mama tears going. I've only got 3 years left before mine is 18 and I'm not ready!

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  23. Amber, that is awesome. I'm so glad you get to experience that feeling. I still remember when my son turned 18 and we desperately tried to have a surprised party for him and he had suspicions. He is now 24 and everyone, except me, thinks he's still 18.

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  24. Wow I cannot believe he is already the big 18! I hope his birthday goes well for you all!

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  25. I am so happy for him. My boy is not too far from being 18 himself!

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  26. Awww, happy birthday to Tommy. He still looks like a little kid. Now that I'm a parent I think about how I moved out to go to University when I was 17, and what that must have been like for my mom. We're still besties, so it all worked out.

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  27. Happy Birthday !! How sweet such great photos. You are one great mom :)

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  28. Its crushing isn't it? As a parent you are supposed to prepare them to leave the nest but it sure hurts when that happens!

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  29. Awww 18 is a milestone for sure. Hope he has the the best 18th!

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  30. This is a cute post. I cannot imagine my daughter turning eighteen. It's five years away, or four and a couple of months anyway. But I know it will come before I know it. Plenty of things I will fear at that point I'm sure. But happy she is who she is.

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  31. How exciting! That is a big milestone. We are about to celebrate my daughter's 13th.. it goes by so fast!

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  32. Happy birthday Tommy! I hope you that you had a wonderful birthday celebration! He looks so happy and the shirt is so a really fun one!

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  33. Having your kids grow up on you is such a bittersweet moment. Happy Birthday to your son!

    Candy Rachelle
    Keeping Up With Candy
    www.keepingupwithcandy.com

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  34. Happy birthday Tommy,oh... sometimes it's really so overwhelming to remember our age and those around us. Time flies so fast.

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  35. 18 is such a huge milestone! I hope he had a wonderful birthday and has much success throughout his life.

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  36. Happy birthday to your son! so happy to see parents proud of their children growing into better persons. <3

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