Today is Davies fifteenth birthday.
15 years since Ady and I became parents, 15 years since our lives changed forever.
We’ve had some pretty amazing birthday celebrations for Davies over the years. Some birthdays have been spent on holiday – at Centerparcs, camping, in our campervan, with family, with friends. Birthday cakes over the years have varied from hours spent on masterpieces – a tardis, a dalek, Wallace and Gromit, Ben 10’s omnitrix, shop bought spiderman, cooked in a field in a barbecue, quadruple layer chocolate cake carried down the croft hill all the way to the village here on Rum, chocolate eclairs two years running in the shape of a 9 and then two cakes to make a 10. Memorable gifts included the campcraft sleepout that Davies and I did together when he was 10 with a night out under the stars in a shelter we built ourselves. Birthday celebrations and parties have included full on productions of themed parties with halls hired, life sized papier mache daleks and a hilarious Wrong Trousers relay for a Wallace and Gromit party.
Yesterday we spent some time looking back at photos of birthdays over the last 15 years together – some of our favourite pictures are shared below.
Today has been a fabulous Rum day of glorious sunshine. Davies picked all the meals for the day – cinnamon rolls for breakfast, pizza for lunch, venison steak and chips for dinner. Birthday brownies to share at the shop with Rum friends, birthday tiffin for birthday cake home here.
We have spent time all together the four of us and Davies has spent some time one to one with each of the rest of us at various points today. Sometimes I just don’t know where the last 15 years have gone, it feels like just yesterday he was a newborn baby, a toddler, a small boy. At other times I really can’t imagine the world before he was here with us.
Our path in life is so very determined by the people we cross paths with, those who walk alongside us on our journey. We have been blessed to share our lives with Davies. One of the funniest, most creative and artistic, deep and insightful, caring and interesting people I have ever met. I don’t think anyone has ever loved me as much as my son does, I don’t think anyone has ever understood me quite as well or been able to catch my eye and know with just a glance what I am thinking. We are so proud to call him our son, to learn from him and with him. Happy Birthday our lovely boy, may 15 be a wonderful year.