It's true, the time goes by fast- it seems like just yesterday that we brought Harrison home from the hospital. We thought for sure someone would notice we had no idea what to do with him. Then soon enough he was riding a tricycle, and later wore a wet suit everyday just because it was awesome. Before we knew it he turned 10, and a couple years later picked out his own cloths at Old Navy- dark jeans, an argyle sweater and a tie.
But other events seem like a hundred years ago- like when he refused to eat anything that wasn't white unless it was a hot dog, or when he pooped in his underpants for six months after potty training.
Fortunately he now eats anything- even beans and ketchup if he must, and is fully potty trained. He can even do all the things that I stressed out about, like read and write. He has other skills that just happened along the way. He can make a sandwich, dress himself, do laundry, drive a car, and make friends! He's fully cooked, my job is done.
Happy 18th Birthday Harrison Tennessee Stanley!
I'm pretty excited about this new phase of life. He's still in high school so I can't drop all the rules right away, but it's fun to not have to "make him obey" my every command. He knows what we want for him and from him. He knows what we think and believe. I love to hear about his ups and downs and cheer him on. He is his own person, and I really like him.
The new question we get is, "What is Harrison doing next year?" What you really mean is, where is he going to college? My answer to you is, we don't really care. I know this sounds a bit lackadaisical but we believe the next few years will be about learning to work and pay bills, manage his own life, build friendships, and work on his comedy routine.
And, ya, he's going to college. He'll be living at home with us for at least another year though because he likes us and doesn't want to start life with a bunch of debt.
I'm happy with his choice. Keep making good choices Harry.