Monday, June 11, 2012

Time is Weird

Samuel being tattooed
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
John Lennon, Beautiful Boy

     Time is weird. In the past two weeks my son Samuel turned 18, was tattooed and graduated from High School... in that order. Three benchmark moments occurred within a few days. But that's not the weird part. The weird part is that he was born just the other day. Well, it seems like the other day. Was it really eighteen years ago?   

     Samuel has always been perceptive. His child-like comments become known in our household as Sammyisms. I recorded some of them in journals. Here are a few, each spoken before Samuel turned five: 

"God can see the wind."

"God made butterflies so art can fly."

"You don't see rainbows at nighttime."

"Sometimes God asks us to do hard things."

"Dad, I want to fly. Will you make gravity go away?"

"My heart feels I should have a cookie."

"When you live in the Bible the Bible is your world."

"When I get to heaven, the first thing I'm gonna do is give God a kiss and a hug."

     Congratulations, Samuel. You are a blessing to me and to all who know you.

May the Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
and give you peace.

Graduation Day


  1. Michael, you have a prophet son, that Samuel!
    "My heart feels I should have a cookie."
    Yes, “The heart has its reasons of which reason
    Knows nothing. ~ Blaise Pascal

    1. I agree. He stills speaks, and paints, in a profound way.

  2. Love this post! How beautiful the things a child says. Congratulations to your young man on his graduation!

  3. How is it possible for our hearts to be so full of joy and ache so much at the same time about the same exact thing? Hard to believe our little boys are graduates and are about to embark on a new chapter in thier journeys. I kow our Lord has some exciting and interesting paths for our young warriors, and I look forward, with much anticipation, to see Him move through them.
    You are so very right when you wrote that Sam is a blessing to all that know him--so very right. Love you all. Until I see you guys, please give Sam my love and heartfelt respect for being brave enough to become the man he is. Cant wait to see you all.

  4. I love those "sammyisms". I remember when he was just a little rascal, running around everywhere...that was just a few days ago, right? Congratulations on raising such a good man.