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The Many Faces of Michael

June 25, 2013

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Laughing. It almost always starts with laughing.

Smiling, audacious and beguiling.

Sweet and savory, hugs and kisses, “I love you so much, Mom, I’m going to burst into flames!”

Wily and winsome.

Foot-stomping fierce and willful: pugnacious, precocious and brash. Fighting for fair, fighting for more, fighting for the sake of fighting.

Always surprising, never predictable. Dimpled, dictatorial, and charismatic. Like bees to honey, you draw them to you with your smile, your charm, and your silly faces.

Who will you become? Butcher, baker, candlestick maker…

Perhaps a doctor, like your uncle, disarming tots out of fears of white coats and stethoscopes.

A lawyer, arguing for truth, justice and the American way. You’ve practice at that, indeed.

An actor, trying  personalities on the stage like you do in front of the mirror in your bedroom.

Circus performer? CEO?

There’s a great deal of power in that smile, in those dimples. Use it for good, not ill. Rule the world with kindness, joy and grace. Jump high, leap far, but don’t be afraid to look back. There’s an entire village back home that loves you and always will. 

In the words of your dear Aunt Patty…. ¿cómo no?

Happy Birthday, sweet son. You are so very, very loved.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2013 7:27 am

    You are such a good boymom! Boydad is pretty special too! That is why your boys are so amazing! I love how you can describe them and nail all that charming energy and drive with just the right word picture! In this post, my favorite line is “fighting for the sake of fighting”. That’s a boy with a brother for sure! Love to you and yours, dear one!

  2. patthesilverlady permalink
    June 25, 2013 7:47 am

    You are such a good boymom! Boydad is pretty special too! That is why your boys are so amazing! I love how you can describe them and nail all that charming energy and drive with just the right word picture! In this post, my favorite line is “fighting for the sake of fighting”. That’s a boy with a brother for sure! Love to you and yours, dear one!

  3. June 25, 2013 9:17 am

    Michael seems too formal–he is so very “Mikey”! Happy Birthday, Mikey!!

  4. June 25, 2013 3:08 pm

    Adelle this was one of the most beautiful mom to son birthday tributes I’ve read in a long long time. Sure hope you frame this one. I don’t know about you, but I’d sure LOVE to read words my great-great-grandma wrote about my great grandfather when he was a little boy. Just sayin’

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