Saturday, August 15, 2009

From the bottom of my heart

Today my youngest child turned 9 years old. It is hard for me to believe that I am even old enough to be his mother, much less the mother of an 11 year old! Like most mothers I think my kids are incredible human beings. They are kind and generous and my love for them permeates my soul. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to parent them and am so proud of their progress thus far in life. Here are a few words that express some of my hopes and desires for my son as he continues on his journey to manhood.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn out tools;If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
—Rudyard Kipling
I am so proud of this boy and I know that him becoming a
good man is not a question of if, but when.


DeAnna said...

He is so stinkin' CUTE!! Happy Birthday Tanner.

Jen said...

this is so sweet...
:*( ~sniff~
and i don't even have boys
and i agree with D....he is SO stinkin' cute!
hope he had a great day.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Happy Birthday! What a gorgeous guy. Hope it was a fun, fun birthday. Enjoy every single moment, it flies by. Loved this post, what a great post for him to read again and again, later.
xo Lidy


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