Wednesday, November 25, 2009

happy 18th birthday steven

You made it the that point in life where you are still a boy and becoming a man. Alice Cooper got it right in his song 18. Don't always know what I'm talking about, it's like I'm living in the middle of doubt.. I'm 18 and I like it, love it. And you will, sweet son.

This is a huge turning point for you - probably a little more so than most - for you have already experienced things in life that some people never will. Your view of life at such a tender age is a gift and testament of your sage inspiration.

You are our youngest son and entering this stage of life enables you to have many privileges and more responsibility. You are becoming independent and able to make purchases such as lottery tickets. Win some for Big Daddy. You are able to vote, get married and also be charged as an adult. As parents we will continue to love and nurture you, and your brothers, forever. You make your choices and suffer your consequences. We are always here for you to lean on but it is your world now. Think carefully pertaining to your path in life as the choices you make now affect your future. College of DuPage and Columbia are great venues to further your education but always remember life situations offer tremendous knowledge. When you fall down, get back up. Dust yourself off, try again. Repeat if necessary. Keep making time to smell the orchids. Feel joy in your life by playing the piano and painting. Connect with God through his gardens. Be with those you love and cherish them. You are the sun in sunflower. The love you take is equal to the love you make. The world is your oyster.

Enjoy your birthday and make a wish, only then can it come true. We all love you. Be happy. xo