Tomorrow is Zach's 21st birthday, not sure how twenty one years went by but I guess they did.
I'm not quite sure how my three kids went from looking like this
to looking like this without me noticing but when you are a working mom you still picture that little boy or girl in your mind when talking to or about them and seem to forget they are growing up and away way too quickly.
Zach stepped in some deep dodo a couple of years back and it not only broke my heart but taught me a lesson. Never turn a blind eye when you are the mother of a teen. He stepped up, paid for his bad decisions and has turned his life around. He can still be a little Snot, but what kid isn't from time to time?
He's a hard worker and has a sense of humor that not only matches but goes way beyond mine. (And I think I'm pretty stinking funny)
He knows more about history, politics, the environment and random facts that it boggles my mind. We are also so alike (except for the smart part) that we often butt heads...but he's my kid and couldn't be prouder. Even with the mistakes he's made, the joy far surpasses all the trials.
So tomorrow he's twenty one. How did THAT happen? Do kids use a different calendar or have I just not been paying attention?
That's kind of the way I feel as a mother of a now grown man. I want to be there every step of the way but you simply can't. Sometimes you just have to sleep outside their door, just in case they want or need you.
Happy Birthday, Zachary Tyler Cotton!
I'll always be here for you, I'll always love you and I'll always be proud of you. Be careful and safe on your 21st birthday and don't forget the designated driver!
You know what? Mama from Mother's Kitchen is right...I love my skinny white boy!
Til next time...COTTON