July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mike!

Posted in Career, Children, Family, Women tagged , , , , , , , at 9:08 am by Liliana

Mike and Karen

Mike and Karen

Today is Mike’s birthday. My oldest child is turning twenty five.

The year Mike was born, I was twenty five years old.

Jeff was a graduate student at Columbia at the time. I was teaching English at a public high school in Manhattan. We lived in a tiny studio apartment on the Upper West Side.

I can never forget the delight I felt when I found out that we were going to have our first baby. I knew he would be a boy, I never had any doubts. We decided on the names early – Michael Steven – after his two grandfathers.

The love I felt for him, even before he was born, was pure joy and it had no beginning and no end. And even before I held him in my arms, we understood each other so deeply, we rarely needed words to communicate.

Mike is moving to Boston in a few weeks, about to start law school. He has a girlfriend he loves and we all love, a Texas girl named Karen who is joining him there.

Jeff and I will be helping the kids move.  Is there some kind of poetic justice in the fact that we are moving them into a tiny studio apartment in the middle of a big city?

Happy Birthday, Mike!