This morning, when I checked my electronic mail account, I was surprised that one of the emails reminds me of my son’s tenth (10th) birthday next month. The greeting came from one of the online mommy clubs I joined.
I was surprised, not with the birthday greeting, but with the reminder of my son’s age during his birthday. It suddenly struck me that he’s indeed a grown boy now. He reminded me of this bitter-sweet truth during one of our conversations when he frankly told me he’s already a pre-teener and therefore, not a child anymore. How years fly when you’re having fun as a mom!
Being ten is a milestone. It calls for a celebration especially since my
little boy (not anymore!) was not able to enjoy a birthday party when he turned seven (7) because of a major disaster which hit our city and destroyed our home. Hmmm… Maybe, if all go well, we’ll be able to throw even a simple party for him. A themed party may as he still likes games, but in a grown-up fashion already. Since he likes playing cowboy games now and then, maybe him and his guests can dress up in equestrian apparel.
As a mother, I have realized I am the one scared of him growing old! I enjoy being a mom of a little boy who still sleeps with you at night, who wanted to come with you to the salon, to the grocery, to the church service, and everywhere not liked by teenagers. Soon, or very soon, he would prefer going out with friends than being with me.
Instead of sulking though, I should face the truth that all children grow up and walk their own journey. In the meantime, I have to treasure and make the most of our time together before he becomes a teen.
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