Birthdays are a great time to reflect on life- are you living the life you expected to, the one you WANT to? Are you with people who you share love and respect and who help you grow toward your best? Are you living a life of gratitude knowing that life really is as fragile as dew on the tip of a leaf.
Some of you know that I've come close to losing my wonderful son numerous times. I raised him on my own most of his life and our bond was tight. Even so, he felt the need to join the Army shortly after HS graduation. That was a decision that broke my heart. I know, I know- people told me I should be proud, but I was mostly sad, lonely and scared. The most important person in my world; the one I promised to take care of before he was born volunteered to risk his young life. Sometimes I worried but mostly we had a connection that kept me tapped into how he was. Had he not been troubled and scared so much himself, it would've been easy but since being in war and seeing your friends die and all the other terrible things- well emotions can get to be a mess. I sent him prayers and love and protection which was all I could do. I otherwise had NO power. Alert: Worrying never helped anything.
He was in Iraq and hurt badly in 2007, but he is nearby now, married and happy. He still struggles, as one might imagine. I thank God everyday that he was spared and that he is nearby and happy. He married a beautiful woman who loves him very much and even inherited her wonderful family. There is much to celebrate each day and especially on his birthday. Happy Birthday my sweet Nick. I'll call and sing to you at 1:10pm as I have every year except when you were in basic training and war.