It was a very special day on May 23 when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Jason Thompson’s (Billy) celebrated the third birthday of his son, Bowie. To commemorate the milestone,Thompson posted a beautiful photo of his happy, chubby-cheeked baby boy on Instagram. Accompanying the photo was a heartfelt note where he ruminated on parenting, the joys of fatherhood, and how much his children have changed his life in innumerable and wonderful ways.
“This boy. Three years today. Paloma and I were talking last night about the last three years.The challenges that have surprised us, and the realities of what parenting actually is,” marveled the Y&R star. “The amount of times we disappointed ourselves with how we handled something, and the moments later that you realize how you could have been better, more patience, more understanding. And yet, you are aware that they look to you to anchor them, to not let them drift into a space without boundaries, looking up at you, to tell them it’s going to be okay, to be in control when they aren’t.”
The challenges of being a parent have been worth it to Thompson, who rose to fame as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Patrick. “To push back on that not so little voice inside your head that wants to tell them ‘they should know better.’ It’s confusing… for adults, let alone young hearts and minds,” he continued. “And the joy. The love is unmeasurable. He brings so much joy to people. He’s sweet. He’s emotional. He loves to laugh. He likes to share with sister… when he wants to share. When he doesn’t, he lets everyone know. He is so clearly his own person. And it’s the most beautiful thing to watch. There will be no bigger honor of my life, there is nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for him. Our worlds forever changed three years ago. Thank you universe, thank you stars, for our Bowie Banjo.”
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