Thursday, March 06, 2008

The face of 18

My son turned 18 on Monday. A milestone according to many societal measures. He can legally sign documents, buy a lottery ticket or tobacco, and be officially added to the government roster of young men available to serve their country. I’m not sure any of these are on his radar screen; he’s still just trying to keep up his grades, hold down a part-time job, pursue his love of music and sleep in whenever possible.

Birthday fun


This birthday did cause us to reminisce a bit. We were remembering what was important to Andrew at different times of his life. There were Legos and Matchbox cars. There was the Pokemon obsession, with the sought after Pokemon cards and their strangely named characters: Pikachu, Meowth, Clefairy and Jigglypuff (my personal favorite). There was the year of Furby and its special language known as Furbish. Andrew had his sights set on the white Furby, and I made countless trips to the local toy stores, searching for The One.

Sax solo


Now it’s all about computers, video games, and music. The small items that were once so meaningful are tucked away in storage boxes. I’m sure they’ll be forgotten as he moves on to college and leaves so many childhood things behind. I hope that one day, though, those boxes will be opened and many happy memories will come tumbling out. Those mementos will be waiting--and so will I.

8 comments:

Carole Knits said...

Happy 18th Birthday to your son! I remember when Hannah had to have furby, too - what fun memories!

Ulla V. said...

Oh, Leslie - your post shows SO much love to your very beautiful son. I got all emotional by your wonderful description of him, his life and the things he loves/loved to do....Congratiulations on his
18th birthday!!

I feel the time passing by so quickly as well - my daughter turns 18 in 2 years!!! I really try to enjoy every single day...

nuttyirishman said...

That kid has some seriously great hair! (Don't tell him a mom said that though...even if I am a young mom!)

I'm still freaking over the cheesecake!

minoridesign@hotmail.com said...

Happy 18th Birthday to your son! Great family picture, the cake looks delicious!

La Cabeza Grande said...

More man than boy. I hope your handsome son (with the great hair) enjoys his newfound freedoms responsibly.

Delectable-looking cheesecake, too.

May said...

Happy birthday to your son!
I loved Jigglypuff too!

btw, that cheesecake looks awesome. Did you make it?

Leslie said...

Thanks, all, for your nice comments! My mom made the chocolate chip cheesecake--it's a favorite in our family. Maybe I need to post that recipe sometime...

Rani said...

awwwww! Happy birthday to your boy!