Wednesday, January 23, 2013

For Joseph on his 10th Birthday

Joseph was the first boy to have a birthday party in our new home.  Talk about nerve racking! I sent invitations to school knowing almost no one from his class.  He had only been in school two months and was just making friends.  A week before the party, we had two RSVPs that declined.  Panic! I sent an email out to the class, and at his party he had around 15 show up.  Phew!

He had a great party and saw that he had good kids in his class with whom he was developing friendships.  He even had two friends from Pensacola drive an hour to come to the party.  I was so happy for him.  He is not the most social child I have, and I really wanted him to have a good start in his new school.

Joseph is the strong, silent type.  It is often hard to get much information our of him.  He tends to have a knowing smirk on his face during conversations and every now and then comes out with a zinger....the occasional zingers make him all the more funny.

When we moved, Joseph accepted it, looked forward to it and never showed signs of uncertainty.  As he always has, he walked into his new school without hesitation and just did it.  He has always been brave.  Any time I worry about change or new things, I realize that whatever he is feeling, Joseph will just do it.

This year we will try to wean him off his medicine one last time.  For the first time, he expressed that he doesn't want to be on medicine for the rest of his life.  We don't know what will happen, but I do know that whatever comes, Joseph will face it, handle it and accept it.  He is a brave boy.  He is a funny boy.  And he is a smart boy.

Happy Birthday, Joseph!

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