My Man Child

Karl, my teen, passed a milestone this summer. He turned 16. We didn’t celebrate with a Sweet Sixteen, as girls do. We had a STRONG Sixteen, celebrating his strength and his journey to manhood.  

We had family and friends over for a small, intimate party to allow for conversation. It was amazing! I saw my teen enjoying fun loving banter with family and friends, as they recalled his crazy antics in school and at home. The teens played dominoes, listened to music, and laughed. The type of laughter that delights a parent’s heart, full of joy, anticipation and innocence, without the worries of adulthood. They laughed so loudly we could hear them in the living room. It was music to my ears.

He is now a man-child, more man than child, full of promise and dreams. He’s growing each day, mentally, spiritually and physically. Yet no matter how tall he may grow, where he may live, or even how old he may be, he will always be my sweet son… full of the same charm as he showed at his STRONG Sixteen.



Karl's Birthday   Karl blowing out candles

Click over to my Flickr account to see more photos of his party.

Disclosure: Karl’s birthday cakes were provided by Youcake.
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About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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  • Yakini September 2, 2010, 9:29 am

    Happy Birthday to Karl!!!! I love that ~ “Strong Sixteen.”

    So glad the day was magical and special for him!!!!!

  • Nikki @ Mommy Factor September 2, 2010, 11:19 am

    He’ll always be your baby no matter how many birthdays. Your a great mom and looks like you held a great party. Sorry I missed it

  • Ms. Latina September 2, 2010, 11:25 am

    Yakini: Thank you! He had such a great time, it was well worth the effort and the clean-up afterward!

    Nikki: So very true, I tell him that all the time. He doesn’t mind the mushiness, his friends already know how I am. In fact, I even expect a hug and hello kiss from them! Hope you can make it next time – I promise I’ll cook 😉

  • Divina September 2, 2010, 2:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Karl! I hope he had a wonderful day and that strength carries with him all through life. Love the pictures!

  • Patty @NYC Girl at Heart September 2, 2010, 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Karl! It looks like you all had an amazing time! :)

  • Karl September 2, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Thanks everybody :)