Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet 16

Today my baby turns 16. I got up early with him this morning and hugged him as he was gathering his things at the door. I watched him walk away, out the gate and pictured him on his way to school. He's nearing 6 feet tall and his voice is getting low and he corrects me on so many things these days, but he is still my baby.

There was a time when he and I made up a family on our own, and despite the many changes that have happened, siblings that have come and gone and relationships, spouses and various others who have touched our lives, some days I still feel that special bond between us - the feeling that it's us two against the world.

He has always made a great companion. From the time he was born he observed so much around him and had a sense of calm that comforted me. He has always been comfortable in his skin and I admire that. Now, in the middle of adolescence, when kids struggle with identity, he knows exactly what he likes and what he doesn't and he has his own moral code which no one can compromise. All very admirable to me.

There comes a time in kids' lives when they finally see their parents as human beings, with faults and weaknesses, and can admire them for their true talents instead of the blind love that a child gives. They also say that parents will always see their child with the eyes of blind and unconditional love.

Between my son and I, I believe we've always seen each other clearly - faults, weaknesses, strengths - everything. And maybe because of this, I feel we share a love that is honest and open and real.

I am so proud of him.

He's been 'into' graphic design in a way that I could only imagine passion, dedication and patience in myself. He can put in 10 straight hours on an art piece - forget to eat or drink or speak. He thinks this is what he wants to pursue and judging by his talent and enthusiasm, I think he's on the right track. I'm still amazed though. Who knows at 16 what they want to be when they grow up?! Hell, I still don't know what I wanna be...

I've decided to share here one of his recent 'pieces' - he used two stock photos (below):





And came up with this:



Excellent if I do say so myself. Happy birthday Q!!! Love you.
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7 comments:

Jenn said...

WOW that is unbelievable!! VERY COOL!!!

Jenn
www.LearnHowToMakeBows.com

Bill Doern said...

Ha! What a great effort Holli. Your boy has some mad PhotoShop skills :)

The pale observer said...

Thanks for the comments! Maybe one day when he makes it famous, he'll remember the little people like his mom?! :)

Quinci said...

Maybe, just maybe I will.

Haha, just kidding mom.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an amazing kid. I have a couple of those and am also very proud.

Zayiis OF AFRICA said...

pocahontas!!

your pleasure from the joys of parenthood leaps at me from the pages of your blog like the first strong rays of the sun stalking the dawn.

congratulations! to you and the young man.

zayiis

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