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You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

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Today is my son Chris’ 18th birthday. I’m so proud of who he is and all that he will become. He enjoys music by The Beatles, so in honor of his milestone birthday, I titled this post after John Lennon’s famous quote from his song “Imagine.” Chris and I are dreamers!

Chris painted this beautiful picture when he was in preschool. It’s matted and framed and hangs in a prominent place in our home. It’s my absolute favorite picture because it projects optimism and joy. I look at it all the time as a reminder of how fortunate I am to have him in my life.

About 10 years ago, I found the perfect card for his 18th birthday. I’d like to share with you those inspirational words of wisdom (Greeting card created by Hallmark, www.hallmark.com.):

Someday, Son,

you will become a “sir” –

the world will expect you

to wear ties and pay taxes

and take care of your lawn.

People will try to sell you insurance

and major appliances.

You may feel the urge

to carry an umbrella “just in case”

and to go to bed early on Saturdays.

You’ll hear your favorite songs

on the elevator.

So take it from someone who knows,

someone who loves you –

there’ll never be another time

in your life like this.

Be happy.

Laugh until it hurts.

Dance.

Dream.

Do good stuff.

Ask questions.

Stop for pizza.

Order extra-large . . .

Play ball.

Hang out with friends.

Find something that matters

and be a part of it.

The world is full of “sirs.”

But there’s only one you,

only one now.

Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Chris!

Love always and forever,

Mom