Today oldest child turns fifteen. It is a difficult day for me. Each of his birthdays are hard. Because he is the oldest, he is the first to do everything. He was the first to take steps, the first to go to school, the first to become a teenager. Now, it is his fifteenth year on the earth. God, I am getting old. 
     He was a pain to give birth to. I won't go into horrid details, but the child owes me. I don't let him forget it either. He was a beautiful baby. Oldest was so quiet and never cried. He was always so peaceful and happy. Even as he got older, he never changed. He could make anyone smile no matter what sort of mood they were in. Now, youngest child is exactly like him. They are kindred spirits, and they are best friends, even with the age difference.

      I am so proud of oldest child. I have watched him grow into this amazing young man who has already achieved so many things. He is an awesome brother to middle and youngest. They are siblings and they fight, but oldest has a heart of gold. Oldest child brings so much to our family, in many ways.
     Today, he wore a shirt to school that said Class of 2018. Then it hit me, we only have him for a few short years. In a few years, he won't be here to go biking on a Saturday with the husband. He won't be here to play chess with middle child. He won't be here to play cars with youngest child. He won't be here to talk with me when he and I have that hour before middle child gets home and youngest is napping....that's our "catch up time". 
     In just a couple years, he will be off to college and starting his life. He will be the first child to leave the nest. It is so sad to think about it now, oldest child not here with our family. These fifteen years have gone so quick, but they have been the happiest and most rewarding years of my life. Happy birthday oldest child!


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