Friday, January 10, 2020

My Youngest Son is 20 Years Old Today... Making Me Feel a Little Older!

Today is one of those days where I feel just a little older than I did yesterday. You see, today my youngest son is celebrating his 20th birthday. My four children are between the ages of 20 and 26, while my four stepchildren are ages 11, 14, 21 and 22. Kelley and I love having a total of eight children and now six of the eight are 20 years and older.

I've been thinking back to when I was 20 years old -- which was in 1985. Back then, I was in my second year of college -- working toward three B.A. degrees. I had an on-campus work study job during the school year in Montana and a summer position with a local nursery in Alaska selling plants. I was training for my first attempt to run across the United States and was sponsored by Gatorade, Timex, New Balance, and other companies. I was single, running about 100 miles per week, and driving a 1971 VW Bug when I wasn't getting around in my running shoes. I was attending church weekly, watching some movies (like Back To The Future and Rocky IV), and listening to an array of musical artists on my Walkman, such as Duran Duran, A-ha, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis & The News, and Bruce Springsteen. My life was busy from sunup to sundown.

I really enjoyed my teenage years, and I hope my youngest son looks back with more good memories than bad of his teenage experience. Currently, he's attending the same university I graduated from and when he's not in classes he is working a job. He has a lovely girlfriend and is looking at the options for his future.

The teen years go by so fast. I think they go by faster when you're watching your children go through them than when you go through them yourself. Happy 20th birthday, Brian. I love you.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso