You may or may not know this but I am a mom to a 19 year old. Yes. NINETEEN. My standard response to people’s disbelief about how I could POSSIBLY have a 19 year old is : yes, I had him when I was 6! ::grin:: But none-the-less, he is 19, half way to 20 and I can’t believe it.
My son is either the luckiest boy in the world to have a mother like me — or the most long-suffering. Some days I think he wouldn’t be able to tell you either — but the best part about our relationship is that we ARE. We are close. We are friends. We support and love each other.
We took a trip together recently and my son shook his head “no” at a man who was, in my son’s opinion, “checking me out”. ::laughing:: How can you NOT love this kid? This is the look I imagine he gave:
Matt has wanted to be in Emergency Services since he was two years old. And has never waivered. Yesterday he found out he was accepted into the Paramedic Program — something he’s been planning for and working towards for years. He’s volunteered as a firefighter and worked as an EMT — long hours and helping people over and over again.
I took this photo of him at Family Day during his firefighter training program (and my heart gives a little thump when I look at this…):
Yesterday he got the call. Accepted!
He called me, his voice was shaking. He said. Mom, I’m freaking out! I couldn’t figure out who to tell first!
I said: Well, OBviously you call ME first.
He said: Mom, I’m talking to you first — even BEFORE I posted it on Facebook!!
::laughing and shaking head::
Later that night he was sitting next to me on the couch both of us on computers (yeah, dorks, I know) and this popped up on facebook (yes, he occaissionally calls me “Swales” and I think it’s funny!):
You are awesome.
This is what I typed back (sitting next to him on the couch):
Dear Metzler… I am so very very proud of you. YOU deserve happiness and much success. And I am so inspired by watching you setting your mind to do something and then DOING IT. YOU ROCK. Sincerely, Your Mom (who is always behind you no matter what)
I know this is probably too much information — but my heart is full today. You see, my son lost his dad, suddenly, three months ago, and it’s been hard on everyone. I watched my son handle it with grace and sadness and respect — surrounded by his friends, co-workers and family. He is SO amazing. He is just one of those guys who will help you no matter what. He’s a great listener, and has this crazy sense of humor! So watching him, despite EVERYTHING going on, go after something, figure out how to do it and the ACHIEVE it.
Well. I don’t know what the right words are to tell you how I feel about it.
I just wanted to talk about him.