My adorable son

by Rebecca Bricker on May 11, 2012

Tomorrow, my son Colin graduates from college. It doesn’t seem possible.

Being Colin’s mom is the sweetest joy I’ve ever known. I’ve loved watching him grow into the wonderful young man he has become, from the 4-year-old who loved nothing more than dumping a bucket of blocks on the floor, exclaiming, “Mom, let’s build a dinosaur!”

Anything that comes with 1,000 pieces and a 40-page instruction manual makes my sweat glands rupture, which is exactly what happened the first time a giant T-Rex slowly rose from our coffee table. When we finished (after several challenging hours), I was tempted to spray-glue the thing together so we’d never have to experience that mind-bending activity again.

But eventually, T-Rex was reduced to chunks of blocks that went back in the box, which I stashed in the back of the closet – way back.

A few months later, Colin said, “Mom, let’s build the dinosaur again!”

I quietly groaned as I heard 1,000 blocks hit the floor in the next room. About 20 minutes later, I went to face the 40-page manual. I found Colin sitting on his little chair by the coffee table, where T-Rex’s feet were firmly planted and his hefty thighs were taking shape. Colin was already on page 10.

Astonished, I asked, “Colin, how did you do that?”

My adorable 4-year-old looked at me and shrugged. “I just used the mind that’s in my head.”

It was then that I knew that the mind inside his head was nothing like mine.

Little did I know that T-Rex would launch a boy on a thrilling odyssey that eventually would take him into the realms of Newtonian physics, thermal dynamics, polynomial equations…and beyond.

Tomorrow, Colin graduates with a degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, where he’ll begin his graduate work in the fall.

Here’s my adorable son, all grown up, with a robotic T-Rex that roars >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Colin, not only am I proud of you, but I’m so happy you’re doing what you love. Toss your cap high and go after your dreams. :)







Thom May 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

I read your post between holding my new grandson for the first time and heading to my youngest son’s graduation for his MBA. Both produce a flood of memories and flashes of pride.
Enjoy your weekend.

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

So happy for you, too – and delighted to hear the new grandbaby is home!

Kathy May 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

What a wonderful tribute. I have tears in my eye… of joy for the love and journey you have both been blessed to traverse together. It is beautiful.
I don’t know Colin personally, only through some of your sharing, but I do feel the love you hold for your son. Knowing how special you are, I know he is very blessed he got you for his Mom and guide into this world.
Yes, joy in completion of finishing this stage and excitement for what is yet to come and be…
Congrats to both of you for your accomplishments.

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Thank you, Kathy. I’m the one who feels blessed. We’ve had a wonderful journey together. Looking forward to what’s to come.

Peg May 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Thanks for sharing this lovely mother’s tribute. I wish Colin all the best as he embarks on the next chapter. And you, too!

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Thanks, Peg! As mothers, you and I have much to celebrate. :)

Roland Wilhelm May 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

Congratulations to Colin and to you on a job well done! A wonderful and timely tribute – Happy Mother’s Day!

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Roland, thank you so much for your friendship and support along the way!

Thom Parrott-Sheffer May 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Amen and God’s speed.

nora May 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Lovely, Becky. I can always count on you for a lump in the throat, Our paths have paralled, and even crossed over, the last 14 or so years and I can honestly say that for both of us “being a mom is the sweetest joy.” I’m so glad that it’s a lifetime appointment.

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Me, too!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pat May 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

Congratulations Colin! I found this post especially touching as I, too, have a son about the same age, who will graduate from college next May.
Happy Mother’s Day Rebecca!

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thank you, Pat – Happy Mother’s Day to you, too. It’s an exciting time in our lives, to be savored and celebrated!

Patricia May 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Becky, Colin has strong roots and now he will have powerful wings thanks to all you have done to nourish him and help him on his way. I am so happy for you and for Colin…what a tremendous accomplishment! I know the feeling of how proud you are. Kevin graduated magna cum laude today from VCU with a degree in Bio Medical Engineering. How blessed are we all!!!

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Congratulations to you, too – and to Kevin on his impressive achievement! Yes, we are very blessed. I love that you and I – creative types that we are – are both the mothers of engineers. Do you think it was something in the water we drank at our old apartment?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sarah McKee May 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Dear Becky,

My mother would be so proud of you both! What a wonderful post. Thank you for introducing Colin so that I feel as if I know him. Even if the brain inside my head is not at all like the brain inside his!

Love, Sally

Rebecca Bricker May 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

So sweet of you, Sally. I have such fond memories of your mother’s visit with us in Pasadena and all the inspiration and encouragement she gave to Colin and me over the years. And I’m grateful that, through her, I now know you!

Thom Parrott-Sheffer May 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I am experiencing withdrawal … need more stories – STAT!

Rebecca Bricker May 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I love it when readers beg for more! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Big news coming soon. Watch this space.

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