Happy Birthday Buddy



All birthdays are special in their own unique way. You may be the only child, you may be a twin or triplet (or higher multiple) or you may be the only girl! But I find that the birthday of those who had to fight for their lives are even more special.

Last Thursday, November 12, my brother Leamon “Buddy” Jr. turned 1oyrs old! 10 is not only a special birthday because you’ve made it to double digits but for him it’s special because we were told he would never see his 10th birthday.

For anyone who is a parent of a preemie(s) or siblings you know that it is fairly difficult for some. All preemies have their bad days. Some preemies make it home to be with their families while some don’t get that chance. I for one am so grateful that my brother is one of the preemies that made it home despite his rough journey in the NICU!

Now back to his birthday. It’s no birthday without a BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! Of course he had a birthday party at school! His entire class was beyond excited about his birthday. They were actually more excited about his birthday than their own birthday. We had cupcakes and juice and his teacher let the class watch Sid the Science Kid since that is his favorite show! He was so excited the entire day! It’s funny because we always said, since he was younger, that he knows it’s his day when he wakes up because he is ALL smiles.

He rocked his 10th birthday! Now I feel a tad bit old because he’ll be 11 next year and I’ll be 2o…

“Just because you were born a bit earlier, we get to comfort, love, and cherish you a bit sooner.”

~Alvaretta Roberts


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