When my brother Allen told me I was going to be an Aunt...I was elated! That was 1992...I was 20 years old - it is amazing how time flies.
On March 11, 1993 Ryan Austin Light came bouncing in this world. He was born early and he was so tiny but he was a fighter! He had to spend time in the neo-natal nursery and only a certain family members could see him...like his parents, grand-parents, and his brother & sister. I would still go and press my nose against the window to see him all the time! I could not wait to hold him...and kiss him...and call him my own!
Ryan is a unique young man. He is very smart, articulate, and passionate. From a very young age...I would say about three he knew every dinosaur - how to correctly say the name, exactly what dinosaur it was and what era it was from. He is going to graduate high school soon and wants to study Archeology. Ryan would like to eventually have a career with the Archaeology Museum in London - it is one of the best. It amazes me that he knows exactly what he wants to do and he is trying really hard to accomplish this goal.Last time I seen Ryan was in December and I cried to see this mature young man...almost an adult. When we hugged as he was leaving...he hugged back. (You know boys...from about the age of 10...the hugs are always just "semi" hugs not close or tight...they are just hugs to get it over with.) This was hug...that made me cry even more. And then...and then...he looked at me and said I love you Tina. Well...you can only imagine the tears. My little boy was a man. Happy Birthday Ryan. I am so proud of you and I can't wait to see you next week.