23 years ago today I held him for the first time. I knew then that this day would come. That he would grow up, leave my home, serve in the military (yes I knew it) get married and have children. And I cried because I did not want this little one to leave me. (or else I was just hormonal- I had just given birth after all) And now that day is here and gone and here and happening. And now today, 23 years later, I am crying again. But this time I can't blame it on the post-partum hormones.
I made him a Mississippi Mud cake for his birthday. Made him blow out 23 candles. Made him hug me when he left. Tried to forget that it will be almost a year before I hug him again.
I should scan some pictures of him from when he was a wee, tiny thing, but I will end up crying again. I'll do it next year- maybe. If I remember. Instead let's do a remember when.
*Remember the Thanksgiving Sharon was coming to our house and Donovan wanted to build a snowman with her? Only one problem- no snow. He prayed for snow to build a snowman with Aunt Sharon. It started snowing the second she pulled up in our driveway on Tuesday (Wednesday?) evening and didn't stop until the second she pulled out on Sunday.
*Remember the time I was trying to get Donovan to sleep in a big boy bed and he wanted to sleep in mine instead? One night while I was helping him say his prayers he said, "May we have a good night sleeping- in Mom's bed." I laughed out loud.
*Remember his first talk in primary? I do. "Tell me how a prophet looks. Can he read my mind?...."
*Remember how he loved to tell jokes? What do you call a dog that jumps in a fire? (hot dog) What do you say when a dog falls off a cliff? (doggone)
*Remember his yellow dinosaur backpack?
*Remember his book report on To Kill a Mockingbird and the doghouse inferno?
*Remember when he drank out of the puddle while camping?
*Remember when I was at school and he and Chris Peck rode their bikes? Off of the roof. Using a ladder for a ramp. That's when I started answering the question "Mom, guess what!?" with "Do I want to know?"
*Remember when he bought Brandi a hamster. And his dog ate it. Oh, wait- that was Trevor's hamster. Never mind. I gave Brandi's hamster away.
*Remember his hikes in the foothills with Jacob?
*Remember when the sousaphone was bigger than him and Caleb had to help us put it in the Suburban?
What do you remember?
Make a wish
Can you believe that this big, tough marine didn't get all of the candles in one breath?
He claims it was a trick candle and that it relit itself.
Ok, let's go with that version
And what would a post with pictures be with out Hunter
He is playing peek-a-boo with me
Grandma sees you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONOVAN.
I LOVE YOU SON.