To be 17.


I spent some time last night looking at pictures of you. I know you are rapidly becoming a man, yet I still see you as the little boy with the backpack bigger than he is. 

I can’t believe you are turning 17. Where did all the time go? As you rush into adulthood I want you to remember one thing: I am always here for you. 

If things get hard and you don’t know what to do.

When you have your first heartbreak. 

When you get the news you have been waiting for. 

Those times you find something so absurd you don’t believe it is real. 

When you are so excited you want to call someone and ramble on about it. 

When you see a movie that changes your perspective. 

That song that makes you smile and feel young and free? I want to hear it too. 

As you grow up and become a man, I want you to know I will always be the safe place for you to return. You will always have a free pass to be exactly who you are when you are with me. I will be your champion, cheerleader, defender, and biggest fan. 

Most importantly, I want you to follow your dreams. I want you to work hard to achieve the life you want to live. I want you to love and be loved. 

You are still my baby boy. I hate to break it to you but that will never change. I love you more than anything else. 

Happy Birthday. Enjoy your last year of childhood. Being a grownup can wait one more year.