So many days just fly by now that the boys are older and they, for the most part, don’t need us as they did when they were toddlers. Teenage years, though precious, are certainly not filled with the clingy, sticky hands that our days were once filled with.
But it is all good. Right? Can’t stop them from growing despite our urging. Rutger is now 16 and driving. He is taking college classes at Tri-C this summer, volunteers 3 days a week and is searching for a job – all things that take him daily away from our protective arms. But its all good.
Owen is off to High School in August and though we all desperately want him ‘not’ to need us every day – physically of course he does – but certainly emotionally he is so done with being a kid and ready for independence. Gosh, how I so wish we could fully give that to him. But we try as much as we can! Its all good!
Wade – though 11 and being the youngest, seems more like 16 as well. His nose is constantly in a book, when of course, he’s not being Owen’s hands and feet this summer. He is growing like a weed and ready for sixth grade at St. Al next year. We really never thought the day would come when we only had one kid at St. Al. Oh goodness, stop with the growing.
Today we celebrate our Independence, 228 years of it! Seems like a far cry from our boys, Right? Seeking and grabbing their independence from us in just a few short years. It’s all good. Nothing will stop time and nothing can replace the great memories of our boys growing up.
We want to say Thank you to all that made and make our freedoms possible. What a blessing it is to be Chilin with the boys in the land of the free!
God Bless you this July 4th and every day (and yep we get to say God Bless - Yee Haw America)
With Love - Tony Jen and the Boys xoxox