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I want to wish my son the happiest of birthdays! Today he’s 23! I COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD OF THE MAN HE’S BECOME!
In the past year, Brian fulfilled three of his life’s ambitions.
1. To get the girl! He and Ally got engaged this past year.
2. To own his own company and become CEO
3. To have a condo on the Strip in Vegas!
DONE, DONE, AND DONE! How sweet it must be for him, to know he’s already knocking off some of the items on his bucket list while many of his peers are still trying to figure out what a bucket list is….NICE!
It’s amazing to see this all unfold before my eyes, to watch him spread his wings and fly. I know all the hard work he put into learning the skills necessary to get what he wants and to know at such a young age what he wants, is just incredible! While his friends were out partying and getting stupid and drunk, he was honing those skills. And he sees the rewards. He told me it’s really nice to be in the position he’s in because he can be his own boss and there’s no one above him limiting him or his income.
He’s creative, and articulate, and crazy-fun to be around. He’s kept me on my toes, been my cheerleader and my caretaker in much the same way I was for him. He keeps me forever young in spirit, and, as he put it, now that Dr. Smith fixed me, I get to go back at least 15 years and I get a “do over!”
He’s his own person and knows who he is. He’s OK with wearing pink (he looks great in pink) and is mischievous in all the right ways…. he announced he was baking his own birthday cake, (he said he was paying attention all those years when he was in the kitchen with me) and he made a rainbow 4-layer cake! He’s decorating it himself as well since I bought him a pastry bag and tips…. I’m so glad he’s into all facets of life. Being a businessman can really bog you down unless you have the lightheartedness to set that aside and go for the gusto. And for those who know Brian, well, let’s just say… he’s got a LOT of gusto!
Life is all about balance. And I really think Brian gets that. He’s serious when he has to be, compassionate when he needs to be, and just downright fun when he wants to be! I would like him as a person even if he wasn’t my kid. And really, he hasn’t been my kid since the day he turned 18. He looked at me that day when I told him to go do something and he said, “You can’t make me, I’m 18 now!” I gently reminded him that that may well be the case but there are consequences for his actions I won’t be responsible for and can’t bail him out of if he gets stupid. There aren’t enough words in a book for me to teach him about this concept as much as his one buddy throwing a party at his parents’ home while they were away. His buddy got drunk and stupid with probably 60 people he invited, and 8 metro cars with a chopper hovering overhead descended upon said house! Brian and one other guy were the only ones NOT detained! Brian doesn’t drink… or do drugs or hookah or any other of that crap! Yeah, he saw it all firsthand and is well aware of the consequences of stupid…. he chooses differently. WHEW!
So, now that he’s well on his way with a bright future and someone to share it with, today, his 23rd birthday, is another beginning to the rest of his life.
Son, you’re an awesome person, and I’m proud you’re my son! I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!
Have a happy day!