Five and Twenty

Five & Twenty years today

What seems like only yesterday

You made our family whole that day

Baby Matthew

Second born & second son

But unique you are, second to none

Matthew the Light

You favor both your Dad and Me

Your brother? Lord, you two are like peas

Gramp? Ha, have you seen your ears?

With lobes like that you could fly, I fear


Your nose though, even I must admit

Raised an eyebrow or two (whose nose is it?)

Not Dad’s, nor mine, and not your brother’s

Not Father’s Grand nor Grand Mother’s


But we’ll leave the nose, we’ll just call it yours

‘Cause it fits that face we so adore

To celebrate this special day at hand

Our babe, our boy, our teen, our young man


You’ve made our lives rich with love and laughter

We share your hopes, the dreams you’re after

You were just a boy when you left and began

The next leg of your journey toward becoming a man

Matt at the North Pole

But you found your life, your love – your way

Thousands and thousands of miles away

It’s never easy to watch your kids go

When you are a father, this too you will know


But we couldn’t be more proud of you, our dear son

For the courage you’ve shown, the battles you’ve won

You’ve proven your mettle, your strength, your grit

You did it alone (mostly?) (a bit?)

Matt in anchorage

As you keep moving forward, new challenges will come

But our faith in you grows with each passing sun

Though, an old soul you have, there is plenty of time

To live for the moment, those moments sublime

Matt at Alyeska

We know you do and you always will

Without taking for granted the glorious thrill

That life has to offer to you who are willing

To live what they feel, and feel life fulfilling

Promises? Never. You’ll learn as you go

That heartache and pain are a part of the show



Our best wish for you is to live ‘no regrets’

The more fully lived, the better life gets

We know the depths of compassion you hold

Your empathy, compassion, and emotions are bold

Matt at Portage Glacier

This day of your birth, this twenty and five

Is as miraculous now as the day you arrived

We love you dear Matthew, with all that we’ve got

(Your present’s in the mail…oops…I forgot)

Sorry honey
Didn’t anyone ever tell you?
25 is the Poetry year
We Love you 😉

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Hi everyone! Welcome to 50 Shades of Gray Hair. 50 Shades is my blog of life over the hill, where each day is full of delicious opportunities to earn another gray hair. I stopped declaring war on the gray when I began this blog years ago. Instead, I embrace and celebrate them along with whatever life decides to throw my way, with (sarcasm forward) humor and an optimistic eye to the future. I think. I hope? I don't know. At any's real, it's honest, it's full of 4 letter words, and it's me...on a platter. I sincerely welcome you all to my porch....♥♥Rhonda

18 thoughts on “Five and Twenty”

  1. aww wonderful and made me feel all teary! my oldest is 18 and it has flown by , it all goes too quickly, hugs to you my lovely and happy birthday to your son xx


    1. Thanks my beautiful friend. Made me teary too. Seems like yesterday, but with him so far away, makes it all the more bittersweet. Miss him dearly and no chance of seeing him anytime soon. grrrrr he’s the most like me, so it’s like missing half myself.


  2. I hope he reads this with a sensitive eye – my Matt read the blog I wrote about him and just said “mooooooooooooom”. This was beautiful – and I get it. xoxoxo


  3. Wonderful, wonderful……I will never lose the selfish side of motherhood. I enjoy my daughter, Corrie, so much. She will be 27 in Dec. Rhonda, you will appreciate this, she is ALOT, like me as a young whippersnapper. Hahaha. I have so much fun with her. Just wish my body could keep up. But, in hindsight, that thought might be a little hard for the world to accept. Hahaha.


    1. Hasn’t seen it that I know of. He’s 4 hours behind me, and just getting back home to his love, so don’t expect I’ll hear from him ’til much later. 😉


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