January 20, 2007

10 Years Ago Today

Mr. T turns 10 today. I have spent most of the day lost in thought. I’d look at the clock and think, “What was I doing 10 years ago today?”

10 years ago, right now as I right this at 3:44PM, EST, I had been holding my new baby boy for a half hour. My 2nd son.

He was not a beautiful baby, but Good Lord Have Mercy, he was a beautiful toddler. I remember when he was a baby my Mother in Law said to my husband, “You know, he’s not a very cute baby…” My husband was horrified and said, “MOM! Yes he is!”

Heh. She replied, “NO. He’s not. But he’s ours. And we love him.”

He came out just kind of squished. My Mom said it looked like he’d been in a boxing match and the caption of one of his one day old pictures is, “You should see the other guy.”

But he was a sweet baby. Yummy as babies are. In love with his older brother from the minute he set eyes on him. Pictures of him as a baby and toddler have him giving the worship look to his brother who is 22 months older. It is still that way.

Brotherly love is a wonderful thing.

He’s a beautiful boy. In so many ways. Head strong and self motivated. Compassionate but not to be run over. One minute he’s helping the mentally disabled girl in his class, telling me how she needs the help and likes him to help her best and how he doesn’t understand how people are mean to her as she is who she is and she has no control over her being different, and on the other hand he is telling me how he is going to beat the ever living snot out of some kid who bugs the crap out of him.

Kids don’t mess with him. He’s not big, but they know he can be mean. He’s fast as hell. Last year in baseball, his nickname was Jack rabbit.

He is lactose intolerant, but only wanted an ice cream machine for Christmas. His favorite food is oreo ice cream or oreos and lactaid milk.

He makes his ice cream with heavy cream and whole milk and says it’s worth it to endure any side effects as he loves it so much. The side effect is gas and I think he loves that best.

He’s my cautious child, yet the only one who has broken a bone.

He is athletic and sure of his capabilities… but refused to play baseball this spring as he said he’s tired of getting hit by the pitcher with the ball. So instead he plays basketball in the back yard, catch with his Dad, and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at school. He may end up running track in middle school.

He is smart as hell, a straight A student, but I can’t get the kid to read to save my life. His teacher and I email constantly now as she has a high school son who won’t read and we’re swapping suggestions and book ideas.

Some days I think he’ll grow up to be a school teacher. Other days… I think he will be a surgeon. He wants to be an inventor as of now and own his own company. He wants to own a video game company. He can do anything he wants to do… he just has to decide.

He is extraordinarily logical and his thought is very concrete, yet he is terrified of heights. We have no idea why. If he drove today, I think he’d avoid most bridges and overpasses. I was afraid we’d have a problem on his first airplane trip, but instead he embraced it and enjoyed it the entire time. Go figure.

He fights with his brothers as brothers do, but will defend them against all others. Last month he took up for his older brother in an after school skirmish. No question in his mind. Someone was saying bad things about his brother and he didn’t tolerate it. They won't make that mistake again.

He is my only boy to say he wants to wear a kilt at Mo’s wedding. Everyone else be damned, he is an individual and cares not what you think.

So Mr. T is 10. This picture was taken from this year's calendar, the month of January. It is a compilation of pictures taken throughout last year…

Happy Birthday, Mr. T. May God continue to Bless you and hold you in the palms of his hands. You walk amongst the Blessed… may you always realize so and remain forever grateful.


Posted by Boudicca at January 20, 2007 10:44 PM | TrackBack

Happy Birthday to Mr. T! May all your dreams come true, cutie...! :)

He is truly blessed, Bou, to have parents who love and support him... ;)

Posted by: pam at January 21, 2007 08:20 AM

How sweet - what a beautiful boy. I also have 2 boys 22 months apart; they'll be 16 & 18 this year. I always do that same thing on their birthdays (thinking about the time and what it was that I was doing on those days).

Posted by: Lisa W. at January 21, 2007 08:30 AM

Congratuations Bou. You have three wonderful, charming boys.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at January 21, 2007 08:54 AM

.... happy birthday to Mr. T... he's a fine boy and he'll go far, Bou....

Posted by: Eric at January 21, 2007 09:09 AM

happy birthday, mister t.

and bou, just beautiful. i loved what you wrote about brudders and your boy. we are indeed blessed and very grateful.

Posted by: shoe at January 21, 2007 09:09 AM

Happy BDay Mr. T!

And Bou- that was (a) wonderful prose in honor of Mr. T. Good job.

Posted by: Rave at January 21, 2007 10:26 AM

Print that and save it in his keep box. It'll mean a lot to him.

Beautiful boy, as they all are. You've done good!

Posted by: Sissy at January 21, 2007 11:27 AM

Happy Birthday T!

Posted by: vw bug at January 21, 2007 01:00 PM

Happy Birthday (a day late!) Mr. T - Sorry I missed the big day - may you have a wonderful year!

Posted by: Teresa at January 21, 2007 02:09 PM

Happy Birthday to Mr. T!

And what a wonderful, beautiful post.

Posted by: Mrs_Who at January 21, 2007 04:39 PM

Happy Birthday Mr T I am just a day late as usual

Posted by: GUYK at January 21, 2007 05:18 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. T and tell ms bug to give you a big hug from me.

Posted by: Tink at January 22, 2007 12:25 AM

I'll add my own Happy Birthday wishes to the pile. Two digits! May he be around to hit three.

Your boys - all three of 'em - are remarkable. You are truly blessed, kiddo!

Posted by: Elisson at January 22, 2007 02:10 AM

Happy Birthday Mr T ..

May all your dreams and wishes come true!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 22, 2007 09:51 AM

Happy Birthday Mr. T! What wonderful pictures! Looks like it has been a wonderful year. Best wishes for another filled with all the good stuff in life (as defined by a 10 year old boy! :o)

Posted by: Lemon Stand at January 22, 2007 10:58 AM

What a gorgeous boy! I hope he had a fabulous birthday!

Posted by: oddybobo at January 22, 2007 02:11 PM

Happy Birthday, T!

Posted by: caltechgirl at January 22, 2007 02:38 PM

Awww. Happy belated, Mr. T! What a sweetheart.

Posted by: Marie at January 22, 2007 05:04 PM

Better late than never - Happy Birthday wishes from me as well! :-)

Posted by: Richmond at January 23, 2007 04:38 PM