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January 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, Son

Today is my son's birthday.


He shares his special day with:

Elvis Presley
Soupy Sales
Stephen Hawking
David Bowie
Robby Krieger (guitarist with the Doors)
Bob Eubanks (game show host)
Jose Ferrer (anyone remember him?)
Little Anthony Gourdine (and the Imperials)







Dear Son,

The photos I have kept of you when you were a baby and a toddler are so precious to me. They bring back such wonderful memories. And when you were in elementary school you and I had some times just for us, like the times you and I stayed up later than the rest of our family and watched a scary show together or watched sports that the rest of the family did not care to watch. Watching you overcome your extreme shyness and accept that other children looked up to you, partly for your height and for your gentle nature, was a joy for me as your mom. The way you were so quiet and did not have much to say but when you did say something it was profound.

We live so many miles from each other. 3800 miles between us does not change my love for you and my appreciation of all the caring and considerate things you have done for me through the years. I sympathize with the painful lessons in life you have had to learn; I applaud your success in overcoming traits in yourself you did not care for; I admire your ability to forgive others and absolve them of their cruel intent and I wish you success and happiness in your life.

With much love now and forever,
Mom

34 comments:

Ocean Girl said...

So beautiful Technobabe. Your son is good-looking and he has a kind smile. Your words touched me. I long for memories of my sons when they were little too. My problem is, I feel like I had missed them growing up completely. How did I do that?

I know from your story that your son went through a tough time. Sometimes mean things happen to kind people. Happy birthday to him and to you.

Anne H said...

This letter lends its healing to everyone who reads it!
Thanks TechnoBabe. I'm always grateful for the love and sanity you bring.

Happy Frog and I said...

What a lovely post, I'm sure your son appreciates it. A very fitting tribute. x

DJan said...

You are both very lucky to have had those times together, and he is a very handsome and gentle looking soul, TB. Thank you for sharing his birthday, and I also wish him a very happy one, with an amazing year to follow. :-)

gayle said...

Wow you have a very good looking son! It's wonderful to think back when our kids were little. Happy Birthday to him!

savannah said...

happy birthday to your son, sugar! this was a lovely letter to one who will always be your little boy! xoxoxo

Jeanie said...

He is in good company with those who share his birthday, but it sounds like the best company he kept was with you. Happy birthday to your son.

terri said...

What a wonderful young man you raised and how lucky you are as a mom to be able to share such a bond with him.

Happy Birthday to your son!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday to your son. What a beautiful letter to him...I really hope that he gets to read it today. What a beautiful story you and he have...I am amazed by you constantly and can imagine being amazed by him as well. Thank you for sharing this wonderful day with us. XX

Stickup Artist said...

Your son does have a special light about him! It is of monumental importance that you bear witness and an even greater gift that you can articulate this testimony to your son of what you have witnessed in and around him through the years.

TALON said...

What a handsome man. His spirit shines in that photograph...

And what a beautiful letter, TechnoBabe. He must be so proud and honored to know how cherished he is for who he is...

Shadow said...

you have yourself a good-looking boy there. and ever better memories... happy birthday wishes to him!

Kristina P. said...

You clearly have raised him right.

LL Cool Joe said...

What a good looking son you have, on top of all the other wonderful qualities you've just told us about!

I hope he has a wonderful birthday, and to share it with the King of rock and roll makes it even more special.

Marla said...

Beautiful letter Techno. What a great looking kid. Happy Birthday to him!

Ina in Alaska said...

What a gorgeous son! Happy Birthday to him, a special day for both of you.... xoxo

Maggie said...

That is a beautiful letter! He is lucky to have you as a mom, and it seems you have raised him well.

Happy birthday to your son!! :)

blueviolet said...

Happy Birthday to your wonderful and handsome son! I hope you don't have to go too long between visits. That's a huge distance!

Kazzy said...

Handsome guy and great mom! Happy birthday to him. :)

deb said...

Happy Birthday to your son... what a strong and honest and powerful tribute.
You must be proud.
And you must be an incredible mother

Robert the Skeptic said...

What a lovely tribute.

Maggie May said...

He has a really handsome man!
Hope he has read this lovely write up and that his Birthday went well.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

secret agent woman said...

A very, very happy birthday to your son!

Unknown Mami said...

Aww, Happy Birthday to your wonderful son! This really warmed my heart.

Jillsy Girl said...

what a wonderful post/letter your son will have for years to come!

Eileen said...

Such a beautiful post! Really touching.
Your son sounds wonderful! He's so handsome, and it's nice to see that he's beautiful inside too. You're a lucky Mom and he's a lucky son.
Blessing to you both!
And Happy Birthday wishes to your son.
All the best,
Eileen

Country Girl said...

Sweet and touching tribute here to your beautiful son.

Syd said...

What a wonderful gift for your son.

Casey Freeland said...

Aw, happy birthday to your son. Wonderful post.

Cheers,

Casey

Bernie said...

Happy Birthday to your son, my sister's birthday is also Jan 8th.
Did Jose Ferrer marry Rosemary Clooney or his son marry Debbie Boone.....you will have to let me know now as I am curious.
He is such a nice looking boy, I'm sorry you live so far apart....Hugs

TechnoBabe said...

Bernie had a good question. I thought I was the only one of an age to know who Jose Ferrer was! Yes, Jose was married to Rosemary Clooney, she was his third wife and they had five children. One of their sons is indeed married to Debbie Boone. Jose Ferrer was the first hispanic actor to receive an Academy Award.

Thanks to all the wonderful friends sending good wishes to my son.

Tess Kincaid said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome guy!

Hilary said...

Such a beautiful birthday message to your very handsome son. Thanks for sharing this with us.

CherylK said...

I'm late to the party but I do want to tell you how sweet your letter to your son is. It's not easy being far away, I know. What a handsome guy he is, by the way!