September 10, 2009

About a Man

My boys had their school pictures taken last week and we got the proofs back today.

I looked at Bones' picture and there he sat grinning back at me, braces, blonde floppy hair, looking 10. His braces are off now, but other than that, nothing was suprising.

I picked up Mr. T's picture and had to blink. His neck and shoulders looked a bit more... shaped, as in he's reaching puberty. His face has thinned out and his real nose has come in. He doesn't look like a little boy.

Ringo's picture was next. I did an absolute double-take. His shoulders broad and more manly, his neck sturdy with testosterone, his face lean, his nose of a man's... I didn't have just school pictures.

I have man pictures.

No kidding, his pictures are man pictures.

I keep looking at it, staring at the young man. A young MAN.

I like to tease him sometimes and say, "Hey, don't you give me crap. If you were in some crappy little 3rd world country, you'd be fighting for your life with a rifle on your shoulder. You'd be soldier age."

He always grins.

Pictures don't lie. He may be 14, but he's just about a man.

Posted by Boudicca at September 10, 2009 09:02 PM

Dang it! I've got tears in my eyes. You write so well - I can feel the little catch in your throat as you look at those pictures. You're raising good men Bou!

Posted by: Mary at September 10, 2009 09:18 PM

.... and a handsome man he will be as well........ just wait unitl the little girls find him, sister!.... .

Posted by: Eric at September 10, 2009 09:22 PM

I saw some of my nephews a couple of weeks ago and the 13 year old really needed to shave the mustache. I couldn't believe it. I suppose that's normal/usual? I didn't notice if the 15 year old needed to shave yet.

Posted by: Tina at September 11, 2009 12:04 AM

Thanks for the reminder ... middle boy needs a new shaver.

Posted by: PeggyU at September 11, 2009 02:20 PM

I teach 9th graders, when they are still all gawking and clumsy and bony. It is amazing, I am talking strike-me-speechless amazing, at the change some of them go through by the time they are seniors...
Some days it just brings tears to my eyes to see them all grown up...

Posted by: holder at September 12, 2009 04:16 PM

and OMG!, Pete has changed so much in the last year. It's like looking in a Magic Mirror and seeing myself 30 years ago, a little eerie somedays. Next time you're in Georgia let me know and we'll have a meal together...

Posted by: holder at September 12, 2009 04:18 PM