What Babies Someday Become

A decade ago, if you told me that ten years hence I’d be sitting in a bar at my oldest son’s first CD release party, I’d have thought you’d gone loopy. But that’s just where Joe and I found ourselves last night. I kept having to (figuratively) pinch myself to make sure this was real. I was in wonder, thinking, “How amazing it is to see what our babies someday become!”

Alan is generally a shy person. But up there on stage he seemed in his element. He possessed a certain charisma and a quiet but strong confidence and leadership that I first saw in him as a toddler interacting with his day care buddies, and later as teenager on the soccer pitch and basketball court. I can’t wait to see where these qualities take him as he moves through life.

At the other end of the bar, my daughter sat enjoying herself with a group of her friends. That too was a ‘pinch me’ moment…the fact that two of my three children are old enough to frequent bars. She is growing into a person I love to be around…she and I both have come a long way from the days in her mid-teens when I would regularly be in tears worrying about her.

So those of you reading this who are in the depths of teenage-hood, don’t despair: the butterflies that emerge at the other end are among the most beautiful creatures you will ever see!

Sanktuary, with Alan on the far left
Sanktuary, with Alan on the far left
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2 thoughts on “What Babies Someday Become

  1. >>So those of you reading this who are in the depths of teenage-hood, don’t despair: the butterflies that emerge at the other end are among the most beautiful creatures you will ever see!<<

    There have been times that I thought comments like that were idealistic b.s. – now with my kids both in their mid and late 20s I know the truth of it. It’s great to see parents glowingly proud of their kids – congratulations on doing a good job 🙂

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