Saturday, March 21, 2009

And Adult

Ph. turns 18 today. Among my many feelings on this day: That was fast.

I've blogged most of his teenage birthdays. You'll see those entries listed over at the right, in the Yesterblog (the On This Day in EWM History feature). And I suppose this entry marks the conclusion of Ph. birthday-blogging, enjoyable though the practice has been. I mean, adult children can blog their own birthdays.

To make this celebratory entry stand tall among the others, I had to dig for a few minutes in the photo album, dredge up a couple of photos that, for me anyway, span (or somehow thematically encapsulate) Ph.'s childhood. Chose two:

1.) Giddy-up: this one is from when Ph. was about four years old, when my mom took him to ride the ponies at some ranch near Raytown, Mo. Apparently they made a fine time of it. Yes, those are leather chaps.

2.) Scorching the Tiffany Springs nets: here, Ph. is drilling a ball past me on one of the many, many extended shoot-arounds we enjoyed at the Tiffany Springs fields just north of Kansas City (bordering on the south edge of MCI airport). I'd guess he was eight or nine in this photo--the days when we'd hang around at the field until long after everyone else had (sensibly) gone home.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at March 21, 2009 3:10 PM to Under a Bushel

Gosh, seems like only yesterday that he was 17...sigh...

Happy birthday, Ph!

Posted by: collin at March 21, 2009 4:48 PM

Give Phillip all my best from a fellow 3/21 birthday-er. And congrats dad on making it this far, but as I am sure you figure, 18 is just a number in the annals of parenting, not a true beginning or ending! Best to all.

Posted by: Jen Wingard at March 21, 2009 5:16 PM

Congratulations to Ph (and to you)! It does go by quickly. Those pictures are wonderful reminders of how wonderful he is. :-) Best to you both.

Posted by: Billie at March 21, 2009 9:24 PM

From the looks of the photos, I'd say that he had a swell childhood. That first photo is priceless--what a happy smile he wears. Happy birthday to son and father from your Maryland friend.

Posted by: joanna at March 22, 2009 12:36 PM