Wednesday, June 18, 2008

So the years spin by

Long ago

Two decades ago today, I went to the hospital in the morning, and in the afternoon I had a sweet new nine-pound baby boy in my arms.

Later in the day my first-born, Miss Bee, came to meet her little brother. Up to then, Bee was my Tiny One: she had always seemed so cuddly and small when I held her, my adorable little 22-month-old towhead.

Someone must have added growth pills to Bee's PB&J at lunch that day, because when she came toddling in the hospital room and climbed on my bed to snuggle and to bestow her first sisterly kiss upon Harry, she suddenly seemed to be the lumbering size of a teenager by comparison. Gargantuan.

How time flies warpedly, I thought at the time. How quickly they grow before your eyes and you don't notice the increments. "The days are long and the years are short," advised Harry's godmother. It was true. Before I knew it Harry himself was toddling in his yellow Hanna Andersson overalls (in the photo above) just as his sister had the day he was born.

Now here we are, two decades later. As of today, I am no longer the mother of a teenager. Today Harry is twenty. How can that be?

To Harry: believe it or not, I remember turning twenty myself and thinking "Aagh, this is the end of the world as I know it." And it is, in a way, kiddo, but you deal with it. And it's not all bad.

Far away

From my perspective, the only better place in the world than Paris is wherever your sweetheart is. And today my Sweet Heart, my baby boy-ee is on the other side of the Atlantic celebrating this milestone without me.

I have lots of photos of both kids in my apartment to keep me company.

I have his self-portrait, painted his senior year in high school, as an award-winning souvenir hanging on my apartment wall in Paris. (Such talent!)

We can Skype and e-mail and all that. But it ain't the same. Transatlantic momma aches to be with her youngest as he crosses the threshold to his third decade.

Happy Birthday, Harry!


Anonymous said...

I can relate to this today; my girls are also just under 2 years apart, and the younger one (who just went to Italy for the summer) will be 20 in a few months. Unreal! Happy Birthday to Harry!

The Late Bloomer said...

What a great tribute to your son... And Happy Belated Birthday to him!

blueVicar said...

That is one handsome dude!

Meilleurs voeux!!

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Jan Dan, isn't it incredible how fast it flies? thanks for a lovely thought

Thanks BV -- I'll relay the message. Don't know how regularly Harry reads the blog, but lots of his college pals do, right ladies?

Late Bloomer -- soon you'll have your own little bambino and the next hing you know s/he will be a teenager. Can't wait for your exciting day!!

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