You grew so much this last year.
The dress shirt set aside for special occasions did not fit.
You were going on a date.
Your brother was staying home.
Graciously he let you borrow his shirt.
And his Spider-Man belt.
Your R2D2 belt was too small.
Another reminder of time gone by.
The tie looked perfect on you.
Your first official date.
And your smile was contagious.
How did it happen this fast?
Seems like yesterday you were learning to walk and talk.
Yet here we are driving to downtown Phoenix.
You chattering away about Batman.
Planning child sized dreams for adulthood.
Before I know it you will be an adult.
So tonight I listened.
You talked during the nearly hour car ride.
Uninterrupted time with Mommy.
Yet you called my name over and over.
I heard every word you said.
I heard your plans.
I heard your dreams.
I heard your heart.
You will change the world.
Yet you already are.
The car ride ended too soon for you.
But we were off on our adventure.
Laughter, smiles, and amazement awaited us.
The part after was the best though.
Riding straight up and down the fun elevator.
Talking with strangers.
How easy you interact.
You are just like my father.
Friendly with everyone.
My father died three years before you were born.
But tonight you brought my father alive again for me.
Jumping up and down in the elevator.
Until I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Then you said it.
It might have been the popcorn.
Or the brownie.
Or the ice cream cone talking.
A rare assortment of treats.
But in reality it was your heart.
You asked to have another date.
You were so happy tonight.
You thought you were the lucky one.
You had a date night with your Mommy.
But my dear son, you have it all wrong.
It was I who was the lucky one.