Wasn’t it just yesterday that our neighborhood street was safe, all thanks to him, cruising up and down the sidewalk in his very own, battery-powered Batmobile? (Undoubtedly the very best gift Santa brought him. Ever.)
Wasn’t it just last Halloween when I asked, “What do you want to wear for trick-or-treat?”
Wasn’t it just this last birthday that he requested a special cake?
Wasn’t it just yesterday that it didn’t matter whether we were choosing a birthday theme, a gift for a friend, a Halloween costume or a Christmas gift, his answer was always the same, year after year after year:
Wasn’t it just yesterday that my little boy was Batman, wearing his cape everywhere? To preschool. To the grocery store. To his grandparents’ house. (But not to church. He had a polo-style shirt with a Batman logo embroidered on for those special occasions.)This little superhero had more Batman-themed clothing, toys and accessories than one could ever imagine.
Wasn’t it just yesterday, that I’d iron out the wrinkles in his overly worn cape, making sure it was perfect for the fall costume parades at school?
So how did it happen that today I was pressing a dress shirt and freshening a tie for his senior pictures? And when did he become old enough to drive off in my car, not his Batmobile?
Because somehow, some way, time flew by and Batman is now a senior in high school.
Wasn’t it just yesterday that he entered kindergarten, and his oldest sister graduated from high school?
Wasn’t it just yesterday that he played in the sandbox with his older brother, making roads and rivers and forests with mud water and tree branches?
Wasn’t it just yesterday he watched cartoons with his baby sister as they drank apple juice from sippy cups?
Oh Batman, how I miss you. But I am so proud of the young man you have become. Go forth, my son. The world is at your feet. Be respectful. Be kind to others. Be empathetic and sympathetic. Pray daily. Never take those you love for granted. Work hard, to the glory of God. Always do your best, especially when no one is looking. Give generously of yourself and of your gifts.
When the world seems harsh and knocks you down, get up, brush it off, keep going and remember that you are loved.
And if all else fails, just quietly whisper to yourself of something you’ve always known…
© 2012 – Lynne Cobb