My oldest son, Perry August Burton

If you are lucky your 23-year old son comes to your house with his sweet wife to visit and eat your cooking. He hugs you and talks to you about important things, like school and money and church. He sits on the floor and plays with your dog and goes downstairs to bang on his old drum set, which now belongs to his 15-year old brother who is too cool to admit he idolizes him.

If you are lucky you exchange texts and follow each other on instagram. You are real-life and virtual friends.

And the best thing is that he is your boy. Forever.


Rebecca Blevins | September 7, 2011 at 10:58 PM

That is very sweet. Glad to see he loves his mama.

Jenny P. | September 8, 2011 at 6:11 AM

Oh, I hope so much for good relationships with my grown children. That is, when they're actually grown.:)

CB | September 8, 2011 at 6:18 AM

I had no idea you were a mama to a 23 year old, a Married 23 year old!! He is so handsome too :-D

You just look way too young chick!

It is THE best when you can be friend with your grown children. I have a similar relationship with my oldest son - it is a happy thing.

Unknown | September 8, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Love this post ... now you have to tell us *how* to have that kind of relationship. I so want it, and I make my son promise to still hug me when he's a teenager ... but??

(And how the heck are you looking so young and gorgeous with a 23 y/o married son?!) I'm going to be well over 50 when my son is 23 [sigh]

Barbaloot | September 8, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I don't even know what instagram is so I must not be very lucky.

But hey-my mom and I text and I go to her house ALL the time to eat her cooking, so that's kind that same, right? :)

gigi | September 8, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Yeah, you are pretty lucky. My oys don't talk much unless it's about hunting, wich starts here in a few weeks :)

Connie | September 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Real life and virtual friends...what a blessing to have both kinds of relationships with our children.
Love his eyes.

mermaid gallery | September 8, 2011 at 8:29 AM

You are very blessed...and a wonderful mom too...he looks just like you!

Momza | September 8, 2011 at 8:48 AM

The sweetest reward of mothering is when the kids come home or call you when they don't have that!

Becca | September 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Love this. Boy-children are amazing. Even after they're all done being children.

Marianne | September 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Today is Paul's 21st birthday. And your post made me cry.

I would love his hug right about now...

Thanks! :-)

lesa | September 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I hope I don't jinx it but I have this going on with my 18-year-old, the talking part anyway. He lives at home still so he is stuck with my cooking :)

Grumpy Grateful Mom | September 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I love this! I hope to be so lucky someday. :)

Joanie | September 8, 2011 at 7:26 PM

It truly is a blessing to have such a relationship with your son. I feel exactly the same way as you do.

Jenny Lynn | September 8, 2011 at 9:41 PM

I think I have been posting comments in the wrong spot for each post. Thinking that they were below not on top. Got it right now.

Donna Tagliaferri | September 9, 2011 at 11:05 PM

I love mommy-son stories....and this one was wonderful!

Mrs4444 | September 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I'm pretty sure luck has nothing to do with that! :) Happy for you.

And BTW, It looks amazing in here!

Kim | September 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

AMEN!!!! I hope it's that way when my boy comes home in March. I pray the time apart will have brought us closer and that we can be "real" and "virtual" friends. :)