Today is the last day that my oldest son will be in his 20s. His golden birthday is this year, he will be 30 on the 30th. It is a very strange feeling having a child that is turning 30. I don't feel like it was that long ago that I turned 30. While our world has changed drastically since I turned 30, the sentiment around the big birthdays are largely the same. Reflection on the past, what you have accomplished and what you are working toward.
I am so grateful for my amazing and incredible children. We are very close, probably because it was just the 4 of us. We had a responsibility to each other and we were and are a reflection of each other. We truly enjoy being together and we have so much fun!
My oldest son is a sports fanatic. Even as a young child, he understood how sports worked and would watch football and comment intelligently on coaching strategies (or lack thereof). He has always been an early riser. I am not. So we had a deal, I would leave a bowl of cherrios out on the couch in the family room with the TV clicker next to it. He would get up really early and turn on the TV and like every 3 year old, would watch ESPN. I taught him how to read the digital clock on the microwave and he could come in my room at 8-zero-zero. One morning, at 8-zer-zero, he came into the room with the phone and told me that the man on the phone needed to talk to me. Confused, I took the phone and the man explained that he just needed my credit card to complete the purchase. My son had seen an infomercial on ESPN about a device that you put on your golf club that helped correct your swing and was trying to order it. We did not complete the purchase and when I asked him about why he had tried to order it, he simply said "to golf better." This is him in a nutshell, practical, thoughtful, always trying to learn and grow. Some things have not changed!
So, on the eve of his 30th birthday, I wish for him peace and contentment, a firm understanding of how loved he is and the positive impact that he has on those around him. We are all better off for having him in our lives. I also wish for him a Rose Bowl 2020 with his beloved Oregon Ducks in it!