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Happy Birthday to my Son, Friend, Teacher, Love

by Ilana Angel

January 18, 2013 | 12:58 am

Today is my son’s birthday.  He is the most wonderful human being I have ever known and it is hard to believe that the baby in this photo is now 17 years old.  He is smart, funny, kind, thoughtful, talented, gorgeous, charming, and in my opinion, perfect.  I am in love with this child. 

I am thankful every day and feel blessed each time this young man calls me Mommy.  As he turns 17, I find myself struggling with him getting older. He is my friend and my confidante, but he is first and foremost my baby.  I do not understand what I will do when he goes to college.

I wake up knowing I need to take care of him, and I go to sleep happy that I was able to take care of him.  He is my only child and my heart is wrapped around him.  I not only love him, but I really, really, like him.  He is so much fun to be with and he makes me laugh every day.  He is magic.

When my son was little he would ask why I was his Mommy.  I would tell him he was in heaven and God told him to pick a Mommy, he picked me, and so God sent him.  He still remembers that story and it make me so happy when all these years later, he tells me is so happy he picked me.

I wanted to be a mother from the time I was a little girl.  It was my dream to have a baby, and as I reflect on the past 17 years I am overcome with emotion.  I hope I have done a good job.  I know I made mistakes along the way, but pray when he reflects back, he is proud of me.

To my son, Happy Birthday my darling boy.  I am so very proud of you and wish for you all of the things you wish for yourself, plus more.  Thank you for loving me, respecting me, inspiring me, and forgiving me when I make a mistake.  You fill my life with joy, and you are my sunshine.

You are my son, friend, teacher and the great love of my life.  You are the reason I met the Englishman and I will forever be grateful for you telling me to go out with him.  It is because of your encouragement to take a chance that we have built a new family with him and the girls.

I was able to find love because you love me, and I have peace because you calm me.  Happy Birthday!  I am so proud of you and cannot wait to watch your future unfold.  Be happy, safe, aware, brave and kind. Know that I love you and everything is possible when you keep the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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