Almost a decade ago to this exact minute, I gave birth to a little boy. After a 36-hour labor, a little fellow with a mop of dark brown hair, a big nose and a frown (my child, all right!) finally pushed his way into our world, and my life has not been the same since. I had already lived a lot of years before Theo came along – almost 39 to be exact – but since his arrival, I have experienced emotions with an intensity I couldn’t even imagine before becoming a mother: the knowledge that I would do absolutely anything to prevent someone from hurting this little person, the powerful melting love I feel when he cuddles up beside me, the bursting sense of pride when he masters the pogo stick, passes another karate test or a figures out a new function on his computer, and the maddening frustration when he refuses to do his homework/go to bed/brush his teeth for the 100th time this week.
This little boy who has been evolving in front of my eyes for a decade of my life now is transforming into a chatty, intuitive, witty, caring, dramatic, and stubborn young person. With his strong personality, he will certainly have challenges throughout his life, but his father David and I know he will face them with a determination and sense of humor that will hopefully not only see him through but also help him to rise above them.
Today I gave Theo, our boy with the Greek name for “god,” a silver ring that I bought in Greece when I was about his age and visited the country with my family one spring. It is decorated with the famous Greek meander or key fret pattern, a continuous geometric scroll pattern that symbolizes infinity as well as unity and friendship. I loved the ring as a child and feel that Theo is a good age to appreciate its symbolism and the concept of infinity. The gift of this ring to him symbolizes the bond I have had with him since I first sensed him inside my belly and the eternal love I feel for this smart, hilarious, kind, crazy, crazy-making child called Theo.
4 thoughts on “September 16, 2015”
He’s an amazing boy! So proud to have witnessed his birth and to be his auntie. Happy birthday little deity!
great post M! You have done a wonderful job with Theo and I can’t wait to watch him grow to be a fascinating young man
Thank you, Jenn! xx