TSM/Todd Lyons

It goes by fast...I was told that 16 years ago when my wife and I were expecting our first child together. Truer words have never been spoken as my son, Drew E. Lyons, Esquire turns 16 years old today!

Sixteen years and one night ago (January 28th, 2005), I sat on my couch with my now wife, Carrie, in our Moxee home awaiting the arrival of our firstborn child.

We knew that "T.J.", or, "Drew", was going to be born on January 29th as he was approaching two weeks overdue and the midwife scheduled us for induction. We checked into Memorial Hospital on a Saturday morning and at exactly 4:33 p.m. that afternoon, my little buddy Drew Edward Lyons was born. 10 fingers and 10 toes. All was good.

As a first time expectant couple, we were offered tons of unsolicited advice. Out of all of the things well-meaning friends and family offered up, I've found really only one come to pass.

"It goes by fast."

That's a difficult statement to believe at three-o'clock in the morning when taking turns changing a diaper, feeding a newborn, etc. Then, they turn 16 and want the keys to the car. Cue up Harry Chapin's song "Cat's In the Cradle"...

Drew is a polite and thoughtful young man now and has MUCH more self-confidence than I ever did at this age. My dad, Drew's grandpa, often tells others, "Drew has never met a stranger." I concur and I'm proud of him for that.

Like most adolescents, he can get a bit defiant from time to time but the vast majority of the time he is quick with a hug, kiss, and "I love you, dad."

What more could a guy ask for?

I want to wish my son - my "Little Buddy" - a very happy 16th birthday today and I've been happy to share it all with you on the air!

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Happy birthday little buddy!
Rock on \m/ \m/
Todd E. Lyons, Esquire (Dad)

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