Monday, November 15, 2010

Dear Son's Birthday Party at School


On Friday, Dear Son turned 19. As you know, Dear Son graduated high school last year and now attends classes at a Transition Center. This facility is run by the school district and special needs students can attend this program through the age of 21. This is a picture of Dear Son and his male classmates on his birthday. I love this picture of the kids. They all look so happy. I especially love the smile on Dear Son's face. He really loves a party and loves people.

When he arrived home on Friday, in his backpack was a large envelope full of birthday cards from his classmates.



There were several themes.
The Sports Theme



Country Music
Arts & Crafts Theme


It was obvious, some of them took a long time to make.

Then there were the well wishes. Some cards had simple messages.



Some cards were tricky...here's a Chicago Bulls Photo on the front...

And a Chicago Bears message on the back of the card.


Some messages were sweet...

Some were very thoughtful...



And some probably weren't meant for Mom to see...

Regardless, Toby Keith says...


After the party at school (Dear Son goes half days), the afternoon bus driver serenaded him by singing, "Happy Birthday". Dear Son was all smiles. When the bus driver dropped him off, he asked if Dear Son was 20 or 21. I said, "19". The bus driver joked that if he was 21, he was going to buy him drinks at the "Tilted Kilt". I laughed and said that Dear Son doesn't drink however I am sure he would love the eye candy at the Tilted Kilt.

As we walked up the drive, the florist drove up and delivered some flowers to me. The note said the flowers were for me (not related to Dear Son's birthday) but the balloon was for Dear Son. I told Dear Son the balloon was for his birthday and asked if he wanted to hold it. He held that balloon all weekend and loved it.

We celebrated some more at home. All in all a great 19th birthday. It was wonderful to see him so happy.

10 comments:

Donna said...

That is the best photo I have seen of Dear Son. I love it!
Hope he had a wonderful and healthy birthday!

Anonymous said...

I agree. You really should get that enlarged and put it somewhere special on a wall.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

What a wonderful party!! So many nice mementos for you to keep showing your son so he will know how loved he is as a friend. Happy Birthday to Dear Son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best,
Gloria

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

P.S. What a wonderful thing that that person sent the balloon for him. I am sure they would never have guessed what joy it brought him!
gv

Anonymous said...

The cards are awesome, and as always your Dear Son is awesome too. That is a great photo of him! Happy Birthday to both of you!

T.C.

Debbie said...

Happy belated Birthday! Great pictures, Dear Son looks like he had a wonderful day and so did the rest of his class.

Earl said...

When I first saw the photo, I knew his left arm was different. For a moment, the word 'tattoo' flashed in my mind.

Hmmm, nineteen should be old enough to get a tattoo of "MOM" on the left arm.

Corinn said...

Oh, happy birthday to him!

I actually had a dream about him last night; I don't remember many details, something about being at school for a movie or the like and he had a part in one scene.

But your Dear Son was walking, with no support. The dream-explanation was that it had been arranged for the movie. :-) After watching him for a while, I pulled him down for a hug (I'm short and the dream even remembered how very tall he is!) and whispered that I was happy for him.

Dream Mom said...

Thanks, everyone.

Earl-The picture was taken at school and it appears he still has his coat on which is what you see on his left arm. It's a great photo so I am glad they took the picture. LOL on the "Mom" tattoo. Wouldn't that be nice?

Corinn-Oh, Corinn, thank you for shaing that wonderful dream! I bet he enjoyed the hug too:) It would be wonderful to see Dear Son walk for a day. He used to walk in his walker and was so proud. He wanted to walk more than anything. He had a different self confidence when he walked-he always wanted to show off to the other boys that he could do what they did by walking. He'd look at them and hope they'd notice. It was always wonderful on the one hand and it broke my heart on the other. It took so much energy for him to walk like that and he'd be exhausted when he was done. When he was a little boy in physical therapy, he never wanted to do any of the strengthening exercises to help him walk, he always just wanted them to work on walking. You brought back such fond memories. I think I am going to cry now. I've always wanted so much for him and he would have loved to walk.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Dear Son! Sounds like you've had a wonderful day. All the best, Dina.

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