I don't know why but 15 and 16 were pretty much steady as she goes birthdays for him, but this 17 seems to be a big deal for me, if not for him.
Wow, he's been "with the family" for seventeen years now. That's a good chunk of time.
I found this video clip of his birthday four years ago, when he turned 13.
He still has the childlike nature, and the smile, but he's like, a man now.
Happy Birthday Thomas