Thursday, July 5, 2007

Happy Birthday Caleb!

15 years ago today, I became a mother.

Caleb came into the world with intensity and fierce will. He was a “fussy” baby. There were many long hours that we sat together in the night, rocking and rocking. Later that intensity turned into a very inquisitive and precocious toddler. He was talking in full sentences at age two and his favorite phrase was, “Yes, I know, but WHY?”

As a young boy, he was all physical energy and willful strength. Out in the yard swinging a stick at the tree or rolling around on the floor, playing with anything and everything, he was just plain fun to watch.

Caleb taught me my current parenting style by pure survival. I learned that children develop into independent humans with a sense of personal responsibility when you meet their needs foremost and invite their participation. And with Caleb, I found I could never win by coercion, but we could win together through connection.

I have for years called Caleb my “cling-on”. He is a nurturing, affectionate guy with lots of love to share. Particularly with his Mama; how blessed I am!

He is now a compassionate, creative and communicative young man. I am so proud of his kindness and maturity as a human being. I think one of the greatest things a parent can feel is that their kid is someone they actually are honored to know.

I am better person because he came along.

Thank you Caleb for being my boy, for teaching me about being a mother and for making the world brighter.

8 comments:

maybeknott said...

Thank you for sharing your son with the world!!! Happy big 15!!!

Lee said...

Sweet words and gorgeous picture of him! I hope he can come visit again soon, and I'd love to say hi again too! :)

Korin said...

Ah. happy birthday Caleb! Happy birthing day mama!
such sweet love!

elliesmadre said...

That is beautiful! What an awesome relationship the two of you share.

mama_nomad said...

it is certainly a pleasure and honor knowing the BOTH of you. :-) happy 15th birthday Caleb!!!

Candice said...

You're such a great mom, Savannah. You're so lucky to have each other!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate Caleb's birthday and your connection with him. Thanks for sharing...

Nicole (forsythia, mdc)

nbfsfo@aol.com said...

Happy Birthday to you Caleb! Love from the Robersons in Sun City California, Auntie Nancy and Uncle Ron