Thursday, August 28, 2008

What a difference a year makes ...

Today is Z-man's 19th birthday.

In just a little more than a week, he and I will get back on an airplane to take him to year 2 of culinary school in faraway college land.

How did THAT happen?

How did we end up here, halfway through the culinary part of his program; a quarter of the way through the full degree?

Last year for his birthday, I wrote about the boy who never left.

And yet he did.

And, although he was hurting while he did, he made it.

And he is ready to do it again.

He made it through the year with more resolve than ever to become the kitchen whiz he believes he was born to be.

For his birthday, he asked for something that made me laugh.

Not video games, or Best Buy gift cards or even computer software or gadgets.

No. The same child who, at 10, chose kitchen utensils over a GameBoy for Hanukkah wants a santoku knife.

My boy plays with knives -- and it's a good thing.

My boy plays with fire -- and it's a good thing.

My boy has my heart -- and it's a VERY good thing.

Z-man, your end-of-summer birthday has become a bittersweet moment for me, as I celebrate both your birth and your independence.

I now must send you off on your own again, leaving that little empty spot in my heart -- a spot that you will fill for me with pride in your accomplishments.

Happy birthday, my big boy.

I love you.

Mom

23 comments:

Happy Campers said...

*hugs* We just sent our oldest back to his 2nd year of college too. It's so hard to see them grow up, huh? Sounds like your son is following his calling though. Good for him!

nikki said...

That's a snazzy knife. Your son can cook for me when ever he wants to.

Sigh, it been a rough week for you hasn't it?

Immoral Matriarch said...

Happy Birthday Z-man!

Jenni said...

Happy birthday Z-Man! What a joy to have such a talented boy.

LceeL said...

Keep this up and you're going to run out of kids. Then what are you going to do? Cruise the neighborhood looking for hot lawn care guys?

Oh, and Happy Birthday Z-man. Sizzle!!

amyz5 said...

happy birthday! and janet, don't worry. somehow it gets easier to let them go each time. and a little bit harder when you think about the global sense.

but really, would you want the adorable boy-man/man-boy living in your house permanently?

btw, i like the idea of the hot lawn care guys...

Eternal Sunshine said...

Happy Birthday to the Z-man. You really have had a rough week, haven't you?? Hugs!


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ChrisB said...

Happy Birthday to Z-man
I have a Shun Elite knife and it is fantastic and I guess this knife is similar.

Melissa said...

Knives and fire? Does it get any better if you're a guy? Not easily. :) Happy bday!

And I agree, what a week for you. Go have a drink. One of those things you call "beer" I guess. :)

Kaytabug said...

Dammit I am tearing up again!

Happy Birthday Z-man! What a proud,supportive, loving Momma he has! XOXOXO

Kaytabug said...

Oh yeah! Iceel brought up a good point, what ARE you going to blog about once you have an empty nest?!!!
XO

Burfica said...

Happy Birthday to your baby!!!!!

Get extra hugs in while you can. hehehehe

Sarah said...

Oh my santoku knife is one of my most favorite ever kitchen purchases. It's wondermous!!

Happy birthday Z-Man!! Good luck with your new year at school :D

The Laundress said...

Well, Happy Birthday Z-Man.

C'mon over and cook for me...I don't cook at all....

Joy T. said...

Happy Birthday Z-Man!!! Sounds like he's quite the young man. Lucky mom you are!

Janet said...

Happy Birthday Z-man!

Colleen said...

awww....so bittersweet. Please don't tell me my boys will get older someday!

Happy Birthday Z-man!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Who cooked the dinner tonight? And, you know he's going to get himself a trophy wife, right? What chick wouldn't kill to have a gourmet cook for a hubby?

Judith Shakespeare said...

Happy belated birthday!!!

lattemommy said...

Happy Birthday, Z-man! Follow your dream. :)

Rachael said...

Hapy Birthday Z! What a great path he's headed down. Great for you too - imagine future meals.

Janet said...

Ah - happy birthday Z-man.
He's in good company - the Mountain Man's birthday is Sunday.

I look forward to the day when he becomes a chef and I can go eat in his restaurant. Here's hoping he's so wildly successful that I'll have to sell a body part in order to do so (anyone care for an extra chin? No? Flank steak?)

Kelley said...

Beautiful post babe. Happy belated birthday Z-man!

 
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