The Man He’s Becoming. …

My boy is growing up. … His birthday is later this month, and we’ve already begun celebrating. There’s a lot to celebrate with this one.

I read once, in some advice for parents, that you should raise little people who you’d like to hang around with. And we’ve definitely done that with him. He’s someone that I love to just sit around and talk to. He’s the kind of person I would always want to be friends with if he weren’t my son. 

He’s smart, and witty. He’s charming, and kind, and thoughtful, and moral. He’s ultra-responsible. (This is a guy you don’t worry about going into the world on his own — he’ll navigate it fine.) And I love how responsible he always feels for his younger sister and brother. He’s a commitment guy — commits to long-term friendships, relationships, projects, beliefs. And he always stands up for what he believes in.

I’m so proud of the man he’s becoming. Happy birthday, son!

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5 thoughts on “The Man He’s Becoming. …

  1. His mother said it exactly right!
    I’ve always said, and stand by it today, that my wonderful son Ricky is the kind of man I want be when I finally grow up!
    Happy birthday son, you are truly adored!
    Love,
    Dad

  2. Laurie, such good advice: “Raise little people who you’d like to hang around with.” (Can I raise gourmet-food-cooking, bartending farmers? Who’ll bring around cute pigs, fresh eggs, bouillabaisse and stiff Sidecars? Hah.)

    Sounds like your son is a top-notch person. Can you please write a parenting manual? I want to do with my kids whatever you did with yours.

  3. Hi, Nicole! Hmmm … gourmet-food-cooking, bartending farmers, huh? Well, I’m sure you can do that if you put your mind to it! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment!

  4. It is so great to be able to look at your kids and be proud of what you have done for them, but ultimately what they do for themselves! He sounds like a wonderful person, I hope to meet him some day. Happy late birthday Ricky!

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