☀️ My Shining Son ☀️

My son told me the other day that because it was his official 🎂 HALF BIRTHDAY 🎁 that he is no longer restricted on the hours he can legally drive. Silly beautiful boy, I reminded him parents are above the law.




I then started processing, WOW, my dear little Oggy Doggy is 16 1/2 now. How did that happen? My perfect, funny, endearing little fellow is growing up!! And 🏡 🚘 preparing to leave my nest. ☹️ Jack (my sweet, little Oggy 🐶 Doggy) is a junior in high school this year. Oh my goodness!!



He’s narrowed his life career path to flight!!! We thought about a flight school to get his ratings, the path of college and then Air Force, and then of course the Air Force Academy.img_4440.jpgimg_4441img_4442

A few weeks ago my husband took Jack to Colorado Springs, Colorado to visit the Air Force Academy.  There was a tour, question and answer sessions and meeting and talking to cadets — all in an effort to see what that life might be like. Jack loved it! My husband loved it for Jack but made it very clear that it’s no easy feat to get in to the Air Force Academy.  Much thinking and work to do.



Then as a Varsity upper-class men this year (11th grade) he earned one of the TEAM CAPTAIN positions. Jack has played competitively on club soccer teams for years. He has dedicated himself to practices 3-5 nights per week, traveled on weekends for games, invitationals and tournaments and honed in on skills.  To Jack being Team Captain is an honor!

While we could not be prouder of this child I have to tell you that my sweet, little Oggy Doggy also thinks that he (and the boys) are quite COOL 😎!!!

So, to the beauty of youth.  It’s good to think your awesome — life is hard and it will ebb and flow.  When times get difficult, and they will,  my boy can always remember back to high school fun and success.  Until then LIFE IS FULL OF NEW ADVENTURES, FUN and FUTURE HOPES AND DREAMS!! Life is good!




14 thoughts on “☀️ My Shining Son ☀️”

  1. Thank you for sharing!… they do grow up fast and a wonderful young man you have… you will have to remind little Oggy Doggy that YOU will always have the final say (though it may go in one ear and out the other)… 🙂 you might need to give him the same advice I gave my daughter over the years; “You are evidence of your mother’s strength… especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless, she has always maintained her sanity.”
    ― Criss Jami, 🙂

    You and your family have a safe and wonderful holiday and may each and every day be filled with happiness!!… 🙂

    “ The love a mother has for her children is legendary, it is said a child is the mother’s heart outside her body.”


    1. Your soul/brain is so intellectual, thoughtful, wise, passionate, creative and compassionate!!! As always your word choices are so eloquent!!!

      I’m can only imagine how special your girl is!!!

      As for my boy— his dad is especially good at keeping him level headed. I am bound and determined to make sure he continues to grow into a GOOD MAN!!!

      Thank You for your kind words!! Enjoy your weekend too.

      May I ask — is Dutchll your given name?

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      1. Dutch is my nickname given to me when I were in Vietnam (12th Marine Regiment, 1965-1966)… you will see my given name (along with my nickname) connected to the poems I have written and posted… 🙂

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      2. Thank You for sharing!! And THANK YOU for your service.

        My husband comes from a long line of men that served their country (Army, Marine, Navy). That’s actually how my husband paid for college.


  2. Ahhh…..the blissful days of youth. Reading this snippet into his life brings back such memories of my own teenage years. It is such a beautifully awkward time in ones life. It is the first time in a person’s life that they realize that they not only have control over their future but are also responsible for it. It’s a lot of pressure. Considering the rigorous schedule Jack must keep to maintain all his activities it is great to see the pictures of him just having fun with his friends.

    Jack is a beautiful combination of me and my brother. I was the scholarship bound athlete and he was the air force enthusiast. Andrew joined ROTC as soon as he got to Michigan State (he also played baritone for four years in the MSU Marching Band!) and then joined the Air Force right out of college. He LOVED all things Air Force his whole life. The only posters on his walls growing up were of jet fighters and he had an extensive collection of airplane books collected throughout his youth.

    Reading about Jack caused a flood of wonderful memories. Thank Ms Lucky Duck!!


      1. Awww, I appreciate you looking at the larger picture regarding what I share. A few weeks ago I spoke of Andrew from a place of grief. Lately though I think of him often because I’m becoming my best self and he was the one person in my life that adored every single thing about me and encouraged me to be all the me I can be. Each time I find myself feeling proud of my achievements I can hear him saying, “I knew you could do it Sarah. I believed in you all along.” As an empath I am able to feel his presence if I try. When I’m sad he is a warm light that I can feel wrapping around me. His energy feels different than other ‘vibes’ and sensations I get. When I ‘sense/hear’ the words he says though, it is as if I am sensing his energy standing beside me talking. It is a very interesting sensation to say the least.

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