The thing about having an only child is, everything. As in, everything is a big deal.
The first time he rides the bus to school. Or sleeps over a friend's house. Or gets a vaccine. Or has lines in the school play...
Or makes the high honor roll. Or goes to Homecoming. Or breaks a bone. Or qualifies for Zones....or Sectionals...or Districts... or STATE in swimming.
Then there are the lasts; those are biggies, too.
The last day of kindergarten. The last Christmas play. The last Spring Concert. The last yearbook photo.
THE LAST HIGH SCHOOL HOME MEET. #seniornightisherealready
It must be hard to be an only child, in a way. I mean, sure, you don't have to split your Pop-Tarts or your laptop or your room with anyone. You get all the legroom in the back of the car. And then, when you're old enough, you get, you know, a car. You don't have to share any of the spotlight...gulp. Ever.
Ooh, but that means there's a constant spotlight on you. Hmm. Maybe it can get a little hot under that spotlight 24/7, 365? #onlykidproblems
So yes, parents of only children tend to laser focus on them; for better or for worse. But we mean well. And our eyes aren't so much prying into your personal space as they are brimming over with pride and joy and oh-so-much love.
So, if we want to save all the cards you've ever written or pictures you've ever drawn or Kleenex into which you have ever sneezed; cut us some slack.
It's just that, to us, there's no bigger deal than you, capisce? #loveyoukyle
SEE MT 11:25 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Gospel Mk 3:31-35 The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you." But he said to them in reply, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."