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Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Baby Grew Up

Today was my son, Matt's, birthday. This picture was taken 20 years ago, on his very first birthday. That's me holding him so he can see his cake, which had a pair of clowns on it. Sentimental me, I still have one of the clowns in a Tupperware container in the freezer. Earlier this evening, we had the traditional cake with candles and we sang happy birthday. Right now, he's out with friends, but when he comes back, I might drag the frozen clown out of the freezer and show it to him. But he--who has a pizza box from his first date tacked up on his bedroom wall--would probably tell me I'm weird for keeping a frozen clown all this time.

Looking at this picture now, it strikes me kinda funny. That old dining room is long gone, along with those horrible dark walls, and this room is now my office. It also strikes me funny that I have the same hair now as I did then. I don't remember having short hair back then.

Here's my little guy after he'd had his fill of cake. He's looking kind of sleepy. That's my dad sitting at the kitchen table behind him. He passed away nearly 17 years ago and Matt doesn't remember him. On that first birthday, Dad got Matt a big yellow dump truck and pushed him all around the house in it. It seems like yesterday and I can still hear his squeals of laughter. Today, we gave Matt accessories for his Toyota. I don't know where the time went. My baby is all grown up.



  1. Thank you for sharing your pictures and memories, Devon. How sweet!

  2. Devon, your young man is very good looking! I know how you feel. My "baby" is thirty. He called me today to tell me he'd fixed the faucet in the sink, something he learned to do by himself! This for a guy who had no dad around growing up is a wonderful thing. You should be very proud of your son.

  3. Mags, it seems like I've been taking an awful lot of walks down memory lane lately. I'm glad you enjoy the pictures.

  4. Thanks for the compliment on my "baby," Jan. I've gotten used to the hair, but I think he looks handsome with a nice haircut--the last one was nearly a year ago--but I don't say anything anymore. You have two beautiful children to be proud of yourself, and I know you are. John is one handsome fella. And Brenna is not only beautiful, she's so accomplished. You should be very proud of yourself for the job you did raising them. :o)


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