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My son is 16 today. It makes you sit down and attempt to remember where all that time went. I haven’t been a conventional father, possibly not a great one, but I have always tried to be there for him and to influence his personality and his decision making the best way I can.

He is now old enough to make a lot of his own decisions, but it makes me proud that he is able to approach life’s choices in a clear and reasoned way. His positiveness and kindness never ceases to amaze me when I think about some of the things he has been through, some of the hurdles he had to jump, often too high for someone so young.

He is mild mannered, polite and knows what is right and what is wrong and understands what hard work can bring. Fortunately he is as clumsy as an ox, which is a nice reminder that he is still my son.

I am as proud of him today, as I was that day I first saw his face 16 years ago. Happy birthday son.

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  1. Tim #

    A beautiful post…you taught him well, CA…Happy Birthday young man…..

    February 19, 2016
  2. Happy Birthday young man! No 2, do we have a replacement lined up for Chris Solly or does his clumsiness make him more Steve Brown? 🙂

    February 19, 2016
    • Tex77 – he was more of Chris Solly in style but in ability he was more like his old man 🙂

      February 19, 2016
  3. Mike #

    ….A good start to life C A, but will he spoil it all though by following his old man’s dubious choice of football club??
    It can scar a young person for life bringing long term insecurities, frustration, p**s-taking and only occasional elation….but on the other hand, if a youngster can cope with those issues it helps to make them a man & is a benefit in the big wide world. If nothing else it makes you able to cope with ridicule.
    My lad dealt with that from an early age at school – when taunted by his peers as to why he supported Charlton Pathetic, who didn’t even have their own ground, instead of Man U, Liverpool etc like they did he replied that unlike them he was a ‘real’ supporter who went to games with his old man & could name every player in the club and he felt a part of that club…and of course he later witnessed the greatest game ever played at Wembley and royally stuck that one to his mates when he returned to school!!

    At least in his now midlife he is able to cope with the present debacle at the Valley….

    Happy birthday to your lad, now your troubles well and truly begin CA as the late teens arrive….

    February 20, 2016
  4. 16? Blimey. Happy Birthday Ollie!

    February 20, 2016

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