It tugs on a mother's heart when her "babies" grow up. It comes suddenly...one day you're planning a party, buying gifts, baking a cake and the next, they aren't even close enough for a birthday hug. Today I worried that Tommy would be alone, that after work he'd just have an empty house and a television when he should be celebrating.
Well...I just talked to him. His girlfriend Kirby came through - she drove down from Lubbock (in the Texas Panhandle - several hours away!) to surprise him. She contacted some of his friends that are still at the University of North Texas and they all met for dinner. He also reported that one of his co-workers baked a cake and they had a little celebration for him today.
I feel much better...Tommy had a good birthday. That's all I needed today.