Yes, my first-born, a/k/a Y-Chromo, is thirty years old today.
I never knew unqualified love until I met him.
He was 5 weeks premature. He couldn’t wait to get out and meet the world. When he was in day care, other parents would tell me he would be a politician or a cruise ship activity director. Within a week of being in daycare, he knew the name of every child in the center. That hasn’t changed.
He decided what he wanted to be when he grew up when he was in middle school, and except for one brief diversion, he became exactly what he said he would be. His 7th grade math teacher told me Y-Chromo had a mathematical mind. I laughed. I stopped laughing the day he received his BS in Mathematics summa cum laude. The next year, he received his MS in secondary education: he was all set to become a math teacher. His dream. He got his first teaching job right out of college.
One of my most memorable moments with him was when he was an infant. I was rocking him in the middle of the night after feeding him, and I felt him grow. Babies grow at some point. We see it when their clothes become too small. But that night, I literally felt him grow in my arms as I rocked him. A miracle.
Happy birthday, baby!