I learned that kind of love 26 years ago today when I gave birth to my first child. (I was -3 years old at the time, by the way, since I'm only 23 now ~ lol)
Ryan was the perfect first child because he is a natural born leader. Fear isn't something that rules his life. He quickly proved himself to be stubborn (didn't get that from me at all! haha) and rambunctious. Not much holds him back. At nine months he walked, at twelve months he climbed out of his crib for the first time, prompting us to get him a toddler bed. He ran leaning forward, indicative of his personality ~ always in motion with somewhere to go.
When he was around 5 or so, the neighbors poured a new piece of sidewalk in front of their house. Troy, who owned the house and was aware of Ryan's propensity to perhaps make inappropriate use of the wet cement said to him, "Now, Ryan, you can't walk through the cement while it's wet." Ryan readily agreed, promising he wouldn't. Ryan did keep his promise. He didn't walk through the wet cement. He did, however, ride his bike through the cement. No one told him anything about riding through it.
|First Solo Flight|
Ryan is currently one busy boy! He goes to the University of Utah's Business School, he works part time at our cabinet shop, he is one of the directors of K-Ute Radio (the U of U's radio station), works part time for Clear Channel Media, and also is one of the founding members and helps run Bobo Broadcasting. And oh yeah, he does a weekly podcast which he plans, records, edits, and publishes himself. In between all of that, he's a newlywed (got married in June).
I recorded the podcast with Ryan for about a year, which was an absolute blast (now I'm just an occassional guest). I don't know a lot of moms who enjoy spending time with their son like I do. Ryan and I can talk for hours about Star Wars, movies, DC vs. Marvel, TV shows . . . everything, really. He's not just my son, he's my friend. How lucky am I?
|Me, Ryan, and his wife Sammy|
|Ryan, Sammy and their "baby" Leia|
|Ryan and I on the MDA ride|
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