Shannon Stacey

Happy Birthday, Tall Kid

And he’s literally the tall kid, now. He’s not only the taller of the two boys, but he’s taller than both parents. Dayum. But thirteen years old? How did that happen?

Here’s my very favorite picture of him—the one that sits next to my desk. The tall kid is, by nature, reserved and quiet and not particularly adventurous. But when he was almost seven we went to Florida and stopped by Daytona Beach. He’d never been in the ocean and I caught him pretending to “surf”. We rarely capture a spontaneous, open expression on him, so I treasure this shot.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go sob into my coffee cup.

12 comments to “Happy Birthday, Tall Kid”

  1. Annmarie
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 8:21 am · Link

    13 is just the beginning of all the wonderful stuff ahead.

    You can be the hot mom that doesn’t look like she could be the mother of a teenager.

    Happy Birthday Tall Kid!

  2. Mandy M. Roth
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 8:27 am · Link

    :cheer: Happy b-day tall kid! And :hug: tall kid’s mom.

  3. Jaci Burton
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 8:33 am · Link

    Time flies.

    Happy Birthday to the tall kid!!!! :cheer:

  4. Melani Blazer
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 9:17 am · Link

    Happy Birthday, Tall Kid!

    :heart: Mom, you’ll be fine. Sit back, take a look at what a good job you’ve done so far with him.

    And why the hell is it harder for us to deal with our kids turning 13 or 16 or whatever than it is to face milestone ages for ourselves?

  5. Karen Templeton
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 10:39 am · Link

    Been there, done that.

    Five. Freaking. Times.

    You will survive, chica. And live to tell the tale. :tomato:

  6. Rhonda
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 10:50 am · Link

    Happy Birthday to the Tall Kid! :cheer:
    Great picture, great kid, because he’s got a great mom. And uh, no crying in the coffee that’s just sacrilegious :coffee:

  7. Charlene
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 11:22 am · Link

    Happy birthday to the tall kid. And I hear coffee keeps you young. :coffee:

  8. Beth R
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 2:23 pm · Link

    I just reviewed my son’s senior pictures yesterday, I can’t believe he’ll be graduating in 2009. Where did the time go? I teared up a little bit, he put his arm around me and said It’s alright Mom, that made it worse.

  9. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 6:30 pm · Link

    I’m right there with you, Shannon! My oldest turned 13 a week ago tomorrow, then promptly flew off to Holland. She’s taller than me, too. I don’t think that’s supposed to happen. :( Not with girls!

  10. Michelle (MG)
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 8:07 pm · Link

    Oh, Shannon, I’m with you. My tall kid turns 9 on Sunday. His dad and I are very tall, but still the kids hitting my shoulders! Yikes. Where did the time go? :(

    I love that shot, btw. A very handsome young man!

  11. vanessa jaye
      · July 23rd, 2008 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Buck up chica, mine’s is 20 and shaves, and he’s still my widdle boopsie boo. lol. (he hates it when i do that. heh.) But seriously he’ll always be your baby. It doesn’t go away, it just changes.

  12. Emma Wayne Porter
      · July 24th, 2008 at 1:00 am · Link


    Wasn’t he 9 a couple minutes ago?

    :hug: Happy b-day, tall one. Pinch your bro for me.

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