Thirteen years and one night ago, 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, 2005 as he was approaching two weeks overdue and the midwife scheduled us for induction. We checked into Memorial Hospital on a Saturday morning and by around 4:00 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 14.

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 14th birthday today and I've been happy to share it all with you on the air!


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