12 years old today, I can't believe it.
We have begun. A new path, a new relationship. The push/pull of adolescence.
This is an excerpt from a very meaningful essay about adolescence by Janell Burley Hofmann. (A favourite new blogger/essayist about parenting)
We are crossing over. You are my baby. But I cannot carry you now. You walk alone into a new world. I want you to linger here, but you constantly push. You will change. You will grow. You will stumble. You will rise. I will be soft and firm. I will guide and step aside. I will lean and I will pull. I will be lost and I will be certain. I will reach for you, and if you do not reach back, know that my heart remembers your heartbeat. And I will always be holding you there.
Happy birthday darling boy!