Twenty One

There are almost exactly 21 years between the image on the left, taken on July 8th 2001 when I became a mother, and the image on the right taken yesterday evening.

My son turns twenty one today and is officially grown up everywhere in the world. He can now even enter that over 21 bar some of his friends frequent but he hasn’t been able to before. 🙂 Junior is a social, smart, empathetic, funny and independent young man trying to find his way in the world and doing so in a style all of his own that we love to witness. We are looking forward to his next chapter at uni starting in September. We are so proud of him and love him to the moon and back.

Happy 21st birthday, Junior! May your future be bright and merry and meaningful and full of love. We are so lucky to have you.

David Bowie 75

Today would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday. I’m celebrating here with the Bowie song that has meant the most to me…

Seeing his handwritten lyrics of this song during the David Bowie Is exhibition has been one of my most valued museum experiences ever. It’s the only secret picture I took when I visited the excellent travelling exhibition a week before he so unexpectedly and shockingly passed away…

Mr Esther and I were going to go to a Bowie tribute concert at the end of January in Rotterdam but due to lockdowns in effect now, the concert has been postponed to next fall. In lieu of the concert, I am listening to only David Bowie today. His wife Iman has shared a 5 and a half hour playlist that has been curated for his birthday….

I already have my own Bowie playlist but listening to another one and hearing what has been selected for that will be fun.

Happy birthday, David! Thank you for all the gifts you have given us.


Today this baby boy…

… has left his teenage years and is turning 20 (while watching football last night, rooting for the Danish who sadly lost to the English)…

He is a social, fun, charming and warm young man and he’s smart with a good head on his shoulders. He’s looking to the future, still a little uncertain about what’s next but I know he’ll get there. Today is not only for looking to the future but also for looking to the past and trying to wrap my head around the fact that this tiny being has now grown into this young man, heading into an adult life. I know he’ll do good but I think he’ll also always remain my baby boy in a way.