Friday, February 19, 2010

Reflections: Roses and Motherhood

For the purpose of Weekend Reflections James asks us to post a photograph that contains a visual refection of somebody or something that appears in a mirror or other reflecting surface. In the above image my valentine/birthday roses from a few days ago are reflected in the little round glass topped table by my recliner.
Today I'm not only considering visual reflections but contemplative reflections of where the years have gone since I gave birth to my first born. It seems like yesterday he was just a little guy following and watching his Daddy intent on the whys and hows. His first plastic tools still take up space in the attic along with GI Joes, Transformers, Hotwheels, Boy Scout uniforms and a bright red Pearl drumset. However, the endless hours of playing with toys, riding bikes, earning badges and playing in a band are long gone.
Looking back today it's hard to realize where those days have gone and just how quickly they've come to pass. In truth, thirty years have passed hardly without notice. Today the little boy who stole our hearts the day he was born has grown into a fine young man and his father and I couldn't be more proud of who he's become.
Happy 30th Birthday Chris
Love, Mom and Dad

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41 comments:

Thom said...

Beautiful reflections my friend. And I'm assuming that is your son who sent you that beautiful bouquet :) Great photos my friend :) And what a great man he is for remembering his mom :)

Carletta said...

Actually Thom, the flowers were from my Hubs! :)

Nessa said...

Happy Birthday, Chris! He has your beautiful smile, Carletta.

The roses reflection is wonderful.

Inspiration

Robin said...

What a handsome man your baby has become, and what a beautiful post you've written to mark the occasion.

I can't figure out where 9 years have gone, I can't even imagine how I'll feel when mine turns thirty...

Gattina said...

Beautiful reflections and a handsome birthday son ! My son is already an "old" man 36 becoming 37 in August, lol !

James said...

The reflection is beautiful and so is your tribute to your son. The years really do fly by.

Malyss said...

What a romantic shot! and a romantic spot dedicated to your son! Happy birthday!

Spiderdama said...

Great recflection of that flower. Happy birthday to your son!

RuneE said...

That is the way with children - they don't stay that way for ever :-)

Carolyn Ford said...

What sentimental reflections for today! The table reflection is so beautiful and perfect. And, your reflection on time and family is such a treasure. How good your son will feel when he sees this post, if not already...family is the beating heart of the world.

Sunny said...

Your rose reflection is simply lovely. It truly is surprising how the years just fly by. Happy Birthday wishes to your son.
Sunny :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Lovely reflection and nice looking kid!

JunieRose2005 said...

Love your reflected roses!

And want to wish your son Chris a happy birthday!

My son is also named Chris (Christopher) :) but he's older.

Pam said...

Carletta, that is a lovely reflection of the roses your husband gave you and you certainly are blessed to have Chris in your life.

maiaT said...

Beautiful reflection in the first photo and a very handsome reflection of his parent in the second one. Happy Birthday Chris!

cieldequimper said...

Lovely flowers and reflction and bon anniversaire Chris!

Ebie said...

If you could press those reflections, it would be a more lasting memory. A beautiful tribute and post for Chris. Happy Birthday!

Icy BC said...

Great reflection post!

Happy birthday to your son..

awarewriter said...

Lovely reflections on both counts Carletta. The years pass so quickly. Our daughters are 36 and 34 now. Our six granddaughters are growing up so quickly too. The oldest is 12 already. Happy Birthday Chris.

Rose said...

Love the way you wrote this...you have a nice looking son, too!

George said...

Happy Birthday to Chris! What a nice birthday tribute you've given him. I also like your reflection photo. It's very beautiful.

moorebloglife said...

Carletta your son is so handsome! I love your creative reflection this week it came out perfect!

Lew said...

Those mental reflections are the most meaningful and such nice memories to have!

VP said...

Happy Birthday to Chris, with a nice reflection on the side.

Louise said...

Good job with the reflection shot, and good job with the boy! Greetings from Italy.

Cezar and Léia said...

Congratulations Chris!
This post is really adorable!
God bless you all
Léia - BONJOUR LUXEMBOURG

Crafty Green Poet said...

beautiful roses reflection! Happy Birthday to your son!

Thérèse said...

What a wonderful tribute to Life as well as to Love!

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful post. The reflection photo is wonderful, but your heartfelt reflections on your son and family are even better. Kathy

Quilldancer said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome son. I see he got his momma's great smile.

Tom said...

A very moving and beautiful post Carletta... I bet Chris is just as proud of his mum and dad...

happilyretired said...

Lovely reflections Carletta! Happy Birthday to your handsome son and best wishes to you and your husband for a parenting job well done. Beautiful roses ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Ann said...

You have a handsome looking young man.

diane said...

Great reflections, in the glass and in your head. Time does fly. You have a fine young man there and must be very proud. A job well done.

Low Iron Only said...

made me cry.. almost i got misty eyed

Woody said...

Beautiful reflection and congratulations on your son's birthday! Sorry I'm so late in visiting everyone's blogs this weekend, but I've been tied up with a project at home.

Raven said...

Belated happy birthday to Chris! What a lovely reflection. Nice photos too.

Rosidah Abidin said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your son Chris. Wishing him a lot of joy and blessings as he steps into another year. Family reflections are one of my favorites.

Pat said...

Wow - thanks for making me choke on my morning bagel as I was reading this heartfelt post. I've been feeling very sentimental lately about my kids growing up.

That reflection you've captured is exquisite.

Your son is so handsome. Makes a momma proud, eh?

The Cunning Runt said...

We are, by and large, a reflection of our parents.

And Chris, your Fine Young Man, is a fitting reflection of you.

Happy Birthday, Lad, and congratulations to Mom and Dad.

Stephany said...

You couldn't disown him even if you wanted - he has your facial features. :) Such a handsome young man!

This was a beautiful post, Carletta. I know exactly what you mean about the years passing so quickly. My son will be 32 in August and I'm still trying to figure out where the time went. Great photos!