1978 was a mixed bag. There were three popes that year, Annie Hall won Best Movie at the Oscars causing women everywhere to start raiding men's wardrobes, the Camp David Accords were signed and still Jimmy Carter was underappreciated, and the damn Yankees won the World Series. Some things remain predictable. What is unpredictable is what makes life interesting.
|Orange Crush Days in Denver|
So, today, I take time to remember that very first, very intense unpredictable experience with my son and all the days since. It is a relationship unique and wonderful, born in urgency, nurtured over time, maturing even now. He was only 3 lbs 14 oz at birth, but he has always been living large in my mind.
|Surrounded by Love|
|Tim cuts his hair|
|Always a Hat Fancier|
I don't take too much credit for who he is today. He has always been a well-formed, well-defined person who has the enviable talent of knowing no strangers.
|The Rolling Office|
We have had goofy times and tender times and they all blur together as one sensation of overwhelming Yes. On the day of Tim's death, my toughest day, I dialed his number, said only "help" three times and hung up. I had no doubt he would be there when I needed him most and he was. Rock steady.
This year's birthday is especially sweet - he is engaged and so very happy. So, even though he is on the other coast tonight, all is right in my personal universe. My sole wish for him was always to find his happiness on his path. The future indeed looks bright.
|A bright future - Sweeter|
A special Song Saturday birthday wish...
No. 83 from the Top 100 in 1978
Whenever I Call You Friend
Kenny Loggins with Stevie Nicks
Happy Birthday, baby.