Monday, January 30, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Son

There once was a son who was loved by everyone
Jon at three months

He was gifted
Jon displaying his Magna Opera from age seven
An art work rendering his study of
birds and their habitats
Creating Julie's Memorial Garden
Building a patio for Julie's Garden

And Smart
Proud Mom with Jon
Graduation from University of Colorado
Colorado Springs
On Campus of Boston College
Jon & Atticus
Boston College
Just before he began his Masters Degree
With such a big heart
Jon in Bangladesh
Spending one day working as a driver
And, I'm so glad he's mine.
Jon & Sally
February 1978

The words I used with the photos above were written on the birthday card I selected to send my son for his birthday this year.  Though the words are not original, believe me, the son is.  Jonathan Aaron, my fifth born child entered the world on January 31, 1978.  My world has never been the same since!

I once wrote to him:
No one has ever been able to put a label on you, 
but there are many words to describe you:
The Pied Piper
Wonderful Father,
Faithful, Loving, Sacrificial Husband
Good Son,
Much Loved Brother,
Adored Uncle,
Good and Loyal Friend,
Non-traditional and Very Traditional All In One
Good at Conversation,
A Thinker,
A Writer,
A Reader,
Passionate About Your Beliefs,
Always Interesting.
Much Loved Brother
Jon, Julie & Atticus

Adored Uncle
Jon & Atticus
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
Wonderful Father
with Atticus

Hard Worker
Picking Apples
Passionate About His Beliefs
My son, the activist
Hiking in Colorado
With His Bonsai Plants
Braintree, MA 2011
Faithful, Loving, Sacrificial Husband
Jon Married The Love of His Life
Samantha, Atticus, and Jonathan
Summer 2011
Mom's House in Colorado
I love you, Son.

Happy Birthday


Jean said...

Wonderful honoring of an obviously outstanding young man!

rosaria said...

Sp glad to meet your boy and his family. You must very, very proud, indeed. Happy Birthday to a wonderful man.

Barb said...

A wonderful tribute, Sally. Happy Birthday, Jon!

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful son you have - Happy Birthday Jon. sandie

Beth said...

Happy Birthday to your son. I thoroughly enjoyed the photos.

Jackie said...

You write the most beautiful birthday posts!
Happy birthday to your son.
Many hugs and warm wishes to you, Sally.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

What a treasure you have in Jon, Sally! I loved having the chance to meet him in this post and see the many ways he is continuing on with the love you've given him -- from making contributions to the world, to being such an involved family member to loving and nurturing his own child. Congratulations to both of you! January 31, 1978 was a very special day, indeed!

DJan said...

He did not become this wonderful man all by himself, but with the nurturing environment that you created, Sally. The world is a better place because Jon is in it, and I thank YOU for sharing him with me. I am enriched. :-)

Lynilu said...

What a wonderful post and tribute to your son! How fortunate are we to have children we can write beautiful memories about, as well as continue to enjoy them now. Blessed!

Joanne said...

What great pictures. That first one is absolutely adorable. as my inlaws would say..."Whatta face!" I love this post. What a wonderful man he has become! Your pride in him shines through this post!
Happy Birthday Jon!
Blessings, Joanne

Jeanie said...

He is a young man to be proud of, Sally, and I can tell that you are rightly busing you buttons over him.

becca said...

happy birthday to your son

Linda Reeder said...

Thank you for sharing this information about your son. He sounds like a wonderful man. Well done, Mom.

Linda Myers said...

Such a nice tribute to your boy! He must have been raised by an excellent, caring mother.

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Kay said...

Oh Sally! I love it that we both have a Jonathan and you're right. They are alike in many ways. What an amazing guy! Happy birthday to that handsome, talented son of yours.

Arkansas Patti said...

Thank you for the chance to meet such an outstanding young man. You can be proud and he can be grateful for the great genes and upbringing he was blessed with.

troutbirder said...

Wonderful tribute, Sally. You have every reason to be proud. :)

Thisisme. said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely, caring son. What a beautiful post for his birthday today. He is obviously much loved by you all. The words are really touching my friend. Some wonderful photos for us to look at as well. Thank you for sharing! Hope you are continuing to feel better.

Olga said...

The love you hold in your heart for your children comes shining through in these birthday posts. What a treasure. Happy Birthday wishes to your son.

Mage said...

Such a beautiful family. Such love you have for them....and because of that, we love them too.

Rita said...

What a loving, thoughtful tribute to a much loved son!! Happy birthday! :)

Sandi said...

I love how you celebrated Jon by sharing him with us. The photo story is beautifully orchestrated and depicts a person anyone would love to call a friend. I have no doubt that he cherishes his family as much as they cherish him. As someone said earlier, he became the person he is through the upbringing that got him to this place.

What a tender and loving reflection his life is on you, and your family.

Happy Birthday, Jon! Happy birth day celebration to you, Sally!

Rose said...

A beautiful tribute to your son, Sally! It's easy to see why you are so proud of him.

Glad to read in your last post that you are feeling a little better every day. I hope that February brings you even brighter days.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi, Sorry I haven't been around this week. We have been traveling and taking more photos... Hope you are having a great week.

Great photos. Happy Birthday to your son. Sounds like he has had and is having a FABULOUS life --which any Mom would be proud of... Thanks for sharing.


Friko said...

And a very happy birthday from me too.

Lovely, absolutely lovely.

Terri Tiffany said...

He sounds like a HUGE blessing that any mom would be proud to call son!!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Gosh what a wonderful handsome son you have and your such a dear sweet mom to write this beautiful post about him.
I hope he had a very Happy Birthday.
Thanks for sharing this with us I can not tell you how much I enjoyed it

Mare said...

He is a gem, and certainly a joy.
God bless both the mother and the child on this 'birth'day that you share together.

Nezzy said...

There is no doubt here how very proud you are of you very talent handsome man child!!!

Here's sendin' him a great big old Ozark HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONATHAN!!!

I adored seein' the pictures of his incredible life!

God bless and have a marvelous weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Vagabonde said...

What a lovely post about your son! You brought him up well and should be very pleased. Happy belated birthday!

LC said...

Loved this celebration of Jon's enrichment of your life and the world!

Dee Ready said...

Dear Sally,
What a wonderfully creative birthday card. Your description of your son and the photographs show him to be a fine human being. Someone who is truly working to bring Oneness into our world.

Thank you for sharing him with us.


Jim said...

How sweet this is! A mother's praise is what matters the most. I miss my mother's praise. Thanks for this. Your son is very fortunate to have you as his Mom.

Jeanie said...

I've never met your son, but after reading this, I feel as though I know Jon and he's wonderful in every way. I'm not surprised, with you as a mother, but I'm very happy indeed. Happy Birthday, Jon!