How can 16 years have gone by so quickly. They all say it goes by in a blink of an eye. We didn’t believe them. No one does, but oh, it is so true. Maybe there is a lesson there, even if no one believes it, that doesn’t change what the truth is…truth.
So on this day when you were born 16 years ago, we look at you with pride of who you are and who you are becoming. God knew what He was doing when He gave you to us. You are perfect for our family. We hope you have learned half as much as we have learned from you.
Yes, we want to wish you all the happiness, warm water, blue skies, and never-ending hot tamales bowl in the world. You deserve all good things. You are a special soul.
But what we really are wishing for you is everything you need to become the person God made you to be. You need the good and the bad. The happy and the sad. Times of need and times of abundance. The balance of all good things. As you grow into adulthood, we pray that you will revel in the good, happy times. Grab on, savor those moment. May they be the majority of the times in your life. They will be, if you look for the good in all things.
If you don’t know about pain and trouble, you are in sad shape. They make you appreciate life. Evel Knievel
However, we wish you just enough struggles to make you appreciate the easy life when it comes.
We wish you a few tears to realize how life is so good when there is sunshine and life is rolling along.
We wish for you to know that your Mom and Dad are here for you through it all. We are your biggest fans and will cheer you along the way and boost you up when you need it.
The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. “Why,” I answered with a thought, “now.” David Grayson
So we pray that you grab on to this year, revel it in. You won’t be 16 again. Enjoy, laugh, try something new, expand your horizons, go for the gold. Just remember, dear son, don’t forget to smell the peanuts along the way.