Ben’s Birthday Party

Fifteen-Year-Old-Ben Blowing Out His Candles

After a fantastic brunch of eggs, sausage, pancakes, hashbrowns, and biscuits prepared by his aunt, grandmother, and Melissa, Ben plugged in his new XBox 360 and gamed all afternoon with his friend, Craig. World of Warcraft Mountain Dew, both Horde and Alliance, included.

Click here to see pictures from the party.

Ben Is Fifteen Today

A Young Ben and a Friend Intently Watching Something

This is my favorite picture from your childhood. It perfectly portrays who you are. I don’t remember what’s happening outside the frame but you are watching so intently, capturing every detail and internalizing it so you can process it and allow what you are seeing to become a part of you.

This picture reveals your essence. You enjoy studying things and figuring them out. If what you discover conflicts with your sense of fairness, you call attention to that fact and study some more. Your memory runs deep and wide.

I look forward to seeing what you do with your special talents. I believe that no matter which road you choose it will end in wisdom, because that is where your power of observation and of internal process lead you. You are and you are becoming wise.

Happy birthday, Ben.

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