Today you turn thirteen. Thirteen!!!! How and when did you become an official teenager!?!?!? I know it's cliche, but it really does go by quickly...the days are long, the years are short, and all that.
As has become tradition when you have completed another year of life, I like to take some time to reflect on your personality, your accomplishments and yes, even your struggles over the past year.
In the truest notion of becoming a bar mitzvah, you seem more like a man than ever At some point you stop changing so quickly. When you were a baby we would see changes weekly, but now a whole year has gone by and your personality, your quirks are still Alex with all that is wonderful and all your imperfections (and I wouldn't have it any other way). I think what has changed this year is how I react to you. I will always be your mother and I will always "parent" you and raise you to be a decent human being. However in the past year, it has become increasingly ea…
It's 9:30 a.m. on your birthday. You went to sleep late last night after hosting 16 (!) girls for your birthday party. And still at 9:30, you have already opened 16 gifts, run a 5K and are happily playing away at a friend's house before you head out to your 1 p.m. lacrosse game. Phew! You are a force of nature!
It's funny how when I take the time to reflect about how you have evolved over the past year how much I realize that you are who you are and some parts of you will forever remain unchanged parts of your personality. Things like your joie de vivre, your perseverance and your general "more the merrier" inclusiveness.
My goodness, do I love that inclusiveness part of your personality. It manifests itself as pure kindness. (It also means that you have extremely large birthday parties!) Your kindness means that you are aware when someone is feeling a little bit left out or on the fringes. I have watched quietly from the sidelines as you pull t…
The "fifth" member of any of my family vacations turned 26 this week (that's 78 in hat years!) This occurred while we were away at the beach on a family vacation. As evidenced by the photos (only selfies of course since I am the only one who ever thinks to use a camera), she was with me. She is loyal, always up for an adventure, traveled to five out of seven continents and keeps me looking young both in comparison to her and because she protects me from getting too much sun.
PS. I'm not really what one would call an aficionado, but Go Blue!