On goodness

“The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow, do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough, give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” —Mother Teresa

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Today was a very good day.

It’s our youngest boy’s 18th birthday! He woke to an obnoxiously-loud singing card that we picked just for him because we know he doesn’t do mornings. And he laughed. Out loud. Before 7 a.m.  That’s a first!

He enjoyed plenty of good wishes from family & friends and later, dove into a one on one session with a favorite medium we know.  She resembles a prettier Shirley Partridge with her warm smile and loving nature and every time she sees my boy, she glows.  She hugged him and held him near and then told him all about himself … positive, wonderful things that I already know.

His kind heart.

notice anything in the photo?

His inquisitive personality.

His compassion, forgiveness and insight.

His Dr. Doolittle abilities with animals, his musical talents and that Pied-Piper like ability he possesses to just draw others to him.


Because people respond to goodness. They are drawn to light. They want some of what he’s got. And he’s got a lot.

Don’t misunderstand me: he’s no saint and has flaws like each and every one of us.

But, at his core, he’s good.

There’s only one problem. In this mother’s heart, he’s still my baby boy.

And I really can’t believe he’s 18 today.

I still see that little tow-headed boy. (c) an emjayandthem photo

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26 thoughts on “On goodness

  1. and let me tell ya – he’s always gonna be your baby boy! (Words of experience, here!)
    Hope he’s had a wonderful birthday!

  2. All God’s best to you and your family.

  3. How sweet! What a handsome son you have! I know the feelings you express so well; I have felt and said similar things about my own son. Congratulations on a job well done, and I hope he will have an amazing year! ~ Sheila

    • Thank you, Sheila. He is a great guy and I know that if you met him, you’d love him, too. I’ll pass on your good wishes … Cheers! MJ

  4. All you wrote radiates in his young handsome face. I can see it. Good job MJ and Happy Birthday to the birthday boy.

  5. With you as his mother, how could he be anything less! You are thougtful, kind and insightful and he has learned that from seeing that you do good anyway. Enjoy the day!

  6. Straight to the point: you did good!
    Hope you all have a wonderful birthday celebration.

  7. Sounds like you did real good 🙂 Happy late birthday to your baby.

  8. I am so glad you had a good day! Happy your son had a good day, too! Every night when I put the boys to bed, I quote from the ‘I love you forever’ book. Already at the age of 5 and 6, my boys tell me, “I’m not a baby; I’m a big boy.” True, but as long as I am living, my baby you’ll be. 🙂

  9. Happy Birthday to your boy! I’m not surprised you have such a great kid. He’s got a great mom!

  10. “notice anything in the photo?” like the orbs? We get them in our photos too, often. If they’re angels and such…that’s reassuring. Other than that…he’s a handsome guy…probably has a long list of girls calling him. 😉

    • yep .. that’s it. Most of his pictures have them in it … I like to think they’re angels popping in for a visit. And you’re right, he has a list of girls calling… funny. Thanks Rich! MJ

  11. Time does fly! I’m already dreading Sophie’s 18th birthday. Happy Birthday to your baby!

  12. Like Rich, I saw the orbs…what a handsome lad…and so sorry that I am sending a belated Happy Birthday to him! Great tribute to your son. I hope he read it as well.
    Don’t turn around too fast…he will be 48…time speeds up from here.


    • Thank you, Linda, for your sweet words. I did show him and he said, “wow! Thanks Mom.” I want my love and pride in him to be clear .. to him. Yes, time moves at lightening speeds!
      Cheers to you! MJ

  13. I see the orbs… but to the upper left of the orb it does look like an angel!

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