Hero’s Journey


When did THIS happen?

One of Cam’s final projects as an eighth grader is called Hero’s Journey. He was required to write about his life, his goals, include photos and items that represent important moments, and also get a letter from his parents. I wrote mine a couple of weeks ago; here’s an excerpt:

You have always been my boy. You were my beautiful baby, and then my sweet, funny little guy– and now you are the good-hearted, talented, funny, ambitious teenager I never knew I would be so lucky to have. It is my great honor and privilege to be your mother. Never doubt for a second that you are anything less than beloved. So pick something, and then go for it. Dream big. Aim high. We believe in you, and we are all here by your side, every step.

I love you more than the moon.

Yesterday, Cam casually dropped a letter on my desk. “Here’s Dad’s letter. You can read it if you want,” he said offhandedly. Now, currently, Dave is everything to Cam– so I knew that the letter was a big deal to him. We did not read one another’s letters before we gave them to Cam– but here is an excerpt, which is pretty amazingly similar to mine:

You have in you the greatest qualities of the best people in your life. It is a rare instance for someone to be greater than the sum of the parts. You are great because you are you. Never believe otherwise. Dream big. Great people accomplish great things by reaching farther, trying harder and imagining more than they ever thought possible. I will always love you. I will always support you. I will always be here for you.

I will always be your greatest fan.

I said to Cam, “That dad of yours loves you a lot,” and he grinned and ducked his head. Then I said, “There’s really only one problem I have with his letter: I am your greatest fan.” And that boy of ours– that beloved, beautiful boy– gave me a huge hug and told me he loved me.

Then he said, “If you’re such a big fan, then how come I can’t have a new lacrosse stick?”





    2 comments to Hero’s Journey

    • Karen

      OMG…beautiful…and then LMFAO!!!

      Saw him at the concert last night and he LOOKS AMAZING! WOW! AND, he saw me and waved right back with that big beautiful smile he has….”what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man…” comes to mind. 😉

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