Oh so hard to believe, but this week my baby turns 21! Where oh where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was standing in a grocery store line with this cranky baby and his loquacious 3 year old sister in tow. The “middle-aged” woman next to me leaned over and said, “Enjoy them while you can. They grow up too quickly!” I was in a sleep deprived stupor and my first reaction was to say, “Lady! Are you kidding? I can’t wait for them to grow up!” But instead I smiled meekly knowing that there was surely some truth to what she said. Today as I stand behind young mothers on the grocery line I resist the urge to say the same to them.
My son, who is turning 21 this week, has a very creative soul. And to his credit, he was aware of it even before we were. One day, when he was around 5 years old, he said to me, “I want to play the violin.” I looked at him in astonishment thinking that I surely misunderstood. It never occurred to me that any of my children would be musical. As a child, I had a bad experience with accordion lessons (perhaps the topic of another post), and swore I’d never make my children play an instrument. To be certain that I understood what he was saying I asked, “You want play with a violin?” “NO!” he insisted, “I want to play the violin.” Still not sure about this, I asked, “Are you saying you want to make music with a violin?” “Yes!” he said in an exasperated little voice.
I am certainly glad I listened to him. Now at 21 he still plays violin, as well as alto sax, and clarinet. He even picked up my old accordion for a while, and played it better than I ever could! In the last several years, he has also taken an interest in photography. He is the photo editor for his college newspaper, and has won several awards for his pictures. I’ve included a few of my personal favorites with this post.
I write this not only because I am a very proud mom of a wonderful son, but also to encourage parents. Should you happen to have a little one at home asking for crayons, paint, clay, paper, fabric or musical instruments, be sure to do your best to get those items into their little hands. You never know what they’ll be doing by the time they are 21.
Happy Birthday Most Wonderful Son!