And just like that your 16. You are no longer a child but nearly a man.
And as much as I celebrate the ever more amazing you, I want to wrap you up in super-duper extra strength bubble wrap and keep you safe and sound as you navigate the next few years. In light of the obvious practical issues with doing this, I offer this prayer instead.
May you always remember to silence your phone before you drive. My heart couldn’t take a last text from you about what you want to eat for dinner. And furthermore, may other cars steer clear of you on stormy nights, in winter storms, in summer downpours, and on sunny days. May every road you travel bring you safely back to us in one piece.
May you make good decisions every time. But when you make the bad ones, may you be given a moment of grace so that the consequences aren’t life-altering, heart-breaking, or soul-crushing. May you appreciate this moment then for what it was: a gift and a chance to grow. May you understand why we will feel the need to take away privileges to help you learn this lesson.
I struggled with this Birthday the most but at the same time incredibly proud of the young man you are becoming.
I am so blessed to have such a charismatic, kind-hearted and you have such a loving soul. I love that you like to make others smile, your thoughtful with your choice of words, open to keep learning life lessons (most of the time) and when you set your mind to something, you follow through.
Your leadership reflects at home, at school and on the field. You are approachable, cautious and respectful so people gravitate to you naturally.
But most of all, you are an incredible son. You ask questions, you are involved and you set goals.
Your brother is such a lucky one too.Your bond could never be broken. You have learned to pave your own way and learn how to love him even when it’s not in the traditional ways. The connection is strong and the two of you have always had an unspoken love for each other.
Happy Birthday Cameron Charles. I love you with my whole heart. Always, trust your gut. Make good decisions, keep paying it forward and never hesitate to call regardless what time it is. My phone is always on.