Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy 17th Birthday, Evan!


When Evan was small, I feared he had been born without a funny bone. Was it possible? When he came from a mother with such a large, overly-developed one? He simply stared at me when I told jokes, looked at me with skepticism when I made a play on words. Often times he had that look look of suspended suspicion associated with protagonists who are on the brink on discovering they are indeed adopted.

Little did we know that for years he was merely surveying, studying, scrutinizing the situation, so that one day he would not merely match us, but surpass us with his wit and power of observation. He now does it with such finesse and timing that often times we find ourselves on the floor laughing while also trying to catch up with the full impact of what he has just said.

Today is Evan's 17th birthday. He is just about the best boy a mom could have and I am so darn proud of him. Tonight we will have a party to celebrate his life. Friends will come and we'll sing, eat cake, and take pictures. He'll be surrounded by people who admire him, but his number one fan will always be the woman who held him tight 17 years ago and welcomed him to the world.

Happy Birthday, Evan!

16 comments:

Tracy said...

Happy birthday to your son! He looks like a fine young man, and I can see how proud his Momma is of him!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

This is very sweet, Betty, and your pride is oozing from my computer. A very happy birthday to Evan from me, a new blog friend. (I just wished my nephew a happy birtday too. It's a sunshiny day.)
Cheers,
Robyn

Kimberly said...

Happy bithday Evan! This was wonderful... it is always amazing to find yourself hoping that things will turn out the way that you want them to and that when they get their time to surprise you beyond what you could have imagined! That is amazing! & Have a blast @ his bday party!

Ally said...

Such a sweet post! Happy birthday to your son :)

Eyegirl said...

What a sweet post. Happy birthday to your son!

Double Wide Mom said...

wonderful tribute to I'm sure a wonderful young man!

Copyboy said...

Happy birthday to your son. Cool blog.

Brian said...

Happy Birthday to the lad.

Madi and Mom said...

Happy Birthday Evan!!!
We love to laugh and especially at ourselves. Mom cracks me up with her craziness sometimes.
We hope your celebration tonight is very special...eat cake for us.
Madi and Mom

Alissa said...

Happy birthday to Evan. He's lucky to have such a great mom!

Susan said...

Happy birthday to Evan!!!! Evan, I am so happy for you, and I hate to say it, but I did not recognize you in the photo with your mom. You are such a young man now and it seems ages since I have seen you. I wish you the very best year ever!
With love, Susan

Ann said...

Happy Birthday to Evan, what a sweet post this is

Shan said...

Here's to many more years like the first 17! And cheers to his number one fan, too.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Oh, that was sweet. I totally agree with you, my 10 year old used to look at me like I had a hole in my head, but now her humor is emerging and it is priceless!

Joann Mannix said...

Such a beautiful post.

Me too. I am an Irish girl with a bit of the funny bone charm. Our house is filled with laughter. I love that my kids are funny. Funny makes life so much sweeter.

LittleSilkDress said...

Happy birthday! Hope the celebration was wonderful!