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It seems like just yesterday I was being admitted into the hospital, the doctor afraid that I was having a stroke, trying to keep my son from coming early. He was born that next morning. He was premature and he was only 4 lbs at birth. At first, I was scared to even change his diaper because I didn't want to hurt him, his body so fragile I didn't want to break his bones. It's funny how you think when they are first born.
That was 16 years ago. Today it's his birthday, and he is a strong, healthy young man. I have been able to watch him grow every day into this amazing person. That four-pound baby boy that was so fragile is now a strong and capable, caring, loving, young man. The kid that once had trouble breathing can run circles around even the fastest runners. The kid who was so small and had bones can now play sports.
Happy happy birthday to my firstborn son. He is 16 today! I can't believe how fast the time flies. It seems like yesterday he was a baby and now he is almost an adult. He has a life full ahead of him, but at the same time, he's accomplished so much. I have so much to be proud of and thankful for. He was a boy, but he's growing up to be such a fine young man. He has grown up so fast. Yesterday playing with his stuffed Elmo and hot wheels cars, and now wanting to play with guns and his cellphone. He has grown up so much. I see pictures of when he was little and I ask myself where the time goes. I used to have to lay down with him until he fell asleep and always sing to him every single night. He always wanted to cuddle and watch movies together. Now it is playing on phones, or watching Hulu on our phones.
We used to play on the floor together for hours and it seems like we don't do that anymore. I can't wait to see all of the other things we are going to enjoy together. I can't wait to see what kind of man he grows up to be. I always get stressed out around birthdays and he always has a good time, but I want him to have the best and never forget how much I will do for him.
Honey, here's what I want you to know. I hope you have a great birthday. I hope your friends come and I hope you enjoy your presents. I hope that you get everything you want and if you don't, I am sorry, maybe next time. I hope we have something fun to do together. I hope your party is grand and you like it, your cards, and your letters—all of it.
I want you to know how much you are loved and cherished, and how much I want the best of things for you. Your dad and I are so proud of you and everything you are, trying so hard to take care of you, to be happy and healthy in your life.
I am so proud and happy to be your mom. I love to see everything that you are good at, and even if you fail, I am still so proud of you because you can do better next time. All you have to do is try and try again. If you don't try, you don't succeed. I have faith in you and I believe you can do anything you set your mind to do.
For your birthday, no chores or homework. Have fun and remember that you will have presents later. Know that Mommy and Daddy love you and are very proud of you. Know that grandma would be very proud of you and wishes that she could be here to see how well you have grown up. She's missed a lot and I know she wishes she could have been here.