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To My Son
Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Christine

Gone is the infant living in a tiny orphanage in Vietnam,

Who was finally handed to me naked with a hacking cough.

Gone is the baby who crawled on his arms and dragged his legs behind him,

Who learned to walk like Frankenstein with his arms outstretched,

And as a toddler and little boy raced toward me at full tilt after I'd been gone a while.

Gone is the happy student with whom I'd laugh while we made up rhymes for his first grade homework,

And the funny kind who wished me a "Happy Hog Horn Day,"

And the one who was obsessed with Thomas the Train, Legos and Bionicles,

Who'd walk up to a stranger and hug his backside.

Here today is the teen who refuses to wear a hat in the cold,

Spends too much time on the Xbox,

The boy who has learned to slam a door, raise his voice or refuse to speak.

But you are the man-child who still loves to give me hugs (though never in public!),

Who always knows when I'm upset and tries to comfort me,

Who is on the honor roll,

And a dutiful boy scout,

Who still bounces on my bed to say good-night,

Who pursues his interests with passion,

And has lots of friends.

You'll always be my baby, my blessing from above, my beloved son.

Happy 13th Birthday Lucas. Mom loves you dearly.

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