My boy is 26 today. About to marry his Love in a couple of months. We joke in our family that he was born an old soul. He's always been fiercely independent and mature beyond his years. In Grade 1, we went o parent teacher night to discover all the kids sat in groups except ours. He had his own desk. Teacher said because he was Student of the Month, he got to pick where he sat. He told her he liked to sit on his own. He's a lone wolf this boy.Following his own path But his flip side is that he's hugely social. His days are so full with work, the gym, visiting grandparents, hockey, golf, travel and good friends, he barely sits still. And he's got his Love who he puts ahead of anything. He's a tower of strength this one. Forget the glass is always half full attitude to life.....his is always overflowing. He's smart, frugal, careful, hardworking, and when he puts his mind to something anything is possible. This year, he demolished his kitchen and installed a brand new one all on his own. He's Treasurer on his condo board. If he gets cash for a gift, he throws it in an investment account. Because being secure and careful and planning for his future is more important to him than buying new STUFF. One day he wants to teach high school and collage kids how to manage money. I thinks that's a life skill that's gone by the wayside. If he has one trait that carries him always. I would say that is Confidence. Which make me so proud and happy because that has been the one thing most lacking in my life. LOVE you Boy. Happy Birthday. Sorry your cake didn't make it to Montreal. It was so delicious.