August 17

Today is Oldest's birthday.
A complicated man, Oldest wants his independence on his terms - this is a difficult matter...not for us, but for Oldest.

oldest

It's sort of like trying to roll a giant snowball, alone.

But he's nothing if not passionate about his goals and I have no doubt that he will reach them. It's hard, though, to find a birthday card with our sentiments which run toward: Happy Birthday Oldest, we hope you find what your way...

Oldest

At 23 he remains a perfectly distilled version of himself, good and bad, and I admire his tenacity.

Comments

RW said…
Wishing much joy to all the blackbirds as they celebrate with Oldest!
Stomper Girl said…
Happy birthday to your oldest.
Suse said…
All your young men have beautiful noses, have I ever said that? I remember that final photo - I love it.

Happy birthday, Oldest.
Heather said…
Happy Birthday Oldest!

I remember when you were much, much younger :( hehehe
Happy Birthday Oldest! May the path you choose be true - and may you walk it true to yourself and your family.
Miz S said…
Happy birthday to your young man. What a lovely picture of him. And the snowball metaphor is so perfect...not just for him but for many of us.
Happy Birthday, Oldest.
Much like my oldest, You'll find your way.
Badger said…
Happy birthday, Oldest!
Anonymous said…
Buon compleanno, Oldest.
Poppy Buxom said…
Happy Birthday, oldest!
alice c said…
Happy Birthday Oldest - wishing you a year in which you find ways to make your dreams come true.
Susie Sunshine said…
Have a great day, Oldest!
I always like something (or someone) that is what it says it is.
MsCellania said…
23 is a lovely age. Still not grown up but working on it.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Oldest!
Jen said…
Happy, happy birthday, eldest! Today is the birthday of my eldest also.
Anonymous said…
Happy birthday, Oldest, and congratulations to you too, bb. You were having an especially big day 23 years ago today.

(Today is my nephew's birthday too. Your post is reminding me to at least call him. I am a bad aunty and have not purchased or sent gift yet. What do 9 year old boys want anyway? Eek.)

jbhat
KathyR said…
23. Such an odd age. You think you're all grown up and that you have been for a while. You're wrong, of course, but you can't know it.

Good wishes and good luck to Oldest & his family.
Fannie Mae said…
Tenacious is the perfect trait to possess, Happy Birthday to Oldest.
Wendy said…
Another birthday! I hope your day was wonderful, oldest.
Anonymous said…
Wishing your very handsome Oldest a Happy Birthday.
ErinH
Terese said…
Happy Birthday Oldest, you are you!
May happy returns to him. He'll be your rock when he's got it all figured out.
Jennifer said…
How I missed this I do not know...

well better late then never I suppose


Happy Birthday Oldest... wishing you all the best! I loved being 23... I hope you do too.