QUESTION: When does a little boy become a man?
Sitting in church Sunday morning, I couldn't take my eyes off of him during singing. He stood there, on stage, picking the guitar. He was the tallest man up there. He had on men's clothing and men's cowboy boots. He had a nice short haircut and close shave. A very handsome young man.
He favors the baby boy, he favors the toddler, he somewhat still looks like the little boy. It's just that he's not any of those anymore, not on the outside. He's still got the same heart beating inside of him, he's still got the same beautiful blue eyes and smile, but his voice is different. It's deeper, way deeper.
His manners, friendliness, and some of his expressions are the same as the little boy, a lot less shy of course. A lot of his actions and ways he conducts himself are different than those of the little boy, more mature. His movements are slower, less playful.
I see him up there and my heart is filled with love, pride, joy, but sadness too. How is that?
Didn't I know this would happen?
Didn't I realize 17 years ago that he would become a grown man one day? I did realize it, I just didn't think it would happen overnight.
I read this book to Matthew so many times when he was little. I'm sure most of you have read the book, so I'm sure you know that you can't read it without crying.
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."