Sunday, December 17, 2006

For Colin, Turning 8

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And so, my best guy, it is your birthday. You've turned 8. I'm not quite sure how that happened, but that's not anything new. I'm often taken by surprise by such things.

Not by your birthday party, of course, which required my usual fretting and stressing over how to achieve high levels of FUN! among eight 8 year olds. (Which, I think we pulled off quite well, if I do say so myself.) There was a solid 2 hours of a wall of sound from the constant shouting of you and your friends.

Some might have said that immediately arming your friends with inflatable light sabers (that really light up!) as welcome gifts would have been a regrettable error in judgment, but it actually worked out well. You all occupied yourselves by running up and down the stairs and through the house playing a complicated version of Star Wars. Nothing broke and you burned a scootch of energy.

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Some of you also had loud pistols. After a couple of more loud games and some very noisy pizza, presents (which included that loud, talking Darth Vader flashlight), cake and more hollering, we threw your coats on you and tossed you outside to run around the yard with your new weapons. 8 eight year olds with 8 light sabers on 8 acres of land is a lovely sight to see from inside, through the window. Your brave dad chaperoned all that, smiling evilly as he handed your muddy, armed, sugar infused friends off to their folks at the end.

I really like your friends. They are, to a person, nice and polite. Several of them are wonderfully quirky. I think you will have several lifelong friends and I can't wait to see you all grow up together. No. Strike that. I can certainly wait. It's all going too fast as it is.

You are such a splendid person, you see. Makes sense that you would have such good kids as friends.

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You just make me so proud. Not only are you a nice, polite kid, but it's been the biggest thrill to watch you learn. Seems every other sentence starts, "Didn't you know..." and is followed by a fact, either true or false. But mostly true. It's hard to separate the truth from fiction when you're in 2nd grade, especially as some of the knowledge comes from the playground. And we all know what an infallible source of knowledge that is.

You are an honest guy. We are trying to teach you things like how to be polite when you are given something to eat that you don't really like. You now say that "It's not bad. It's not very good, but it's not bad." We're working on it.

You are soft spoken, unless at home or running with your friends. Your teachers are wanting you to speak louder in class. You raise your hand and volunteer but your answers are so soft. They all think you are a 'joy to have in class', though. That's code for a nice, easy, quiet kid. Like I was. Like your dad was.

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Speaking of your dad, damn, but you look like him. Such a handsome kid. Little girls are already writing you notes. Especially A. We like A. She's strong, confident, very nice. And her handwriting is excellent.

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You are good at reading and math. You don't care much about coloring within the lines, but do it to please people when they ask you. Otherwise, who cares. You hate to write with the depths of your being. That's OK. I hated to write until a few years ago.

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You love computer/video games. Especially real-time strategy games like Warcraft and Age of Empires. You also win them. You're not supposed to be doing that for a decade or so.

You want to please. Usually. Punishment for you would to be to tell you that I was disappointed in you. Or to make you write. Perhaps if I were to make you write about me being disappointed in you for the ultimate punishment, say if you took the car tomorrow and drove it to Florida.

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You are very interested in rocks. And geology. You are getting a crystal growing set for Christmas and rock tumbler, so you can polish your collection, for your birthday. You are also getting a microscope for Christmas, so you and I can look at things like pond scum and stuff. This is what you get for having a science nerd for a mom.

You are incredibly patient with your sister. You are mostly really good to her. Mostly. Let's face it, when she's in a mood, she can drive anyone round the twist.

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Best of all, you still love me. I know this won't always be the case, but you tell me so on a daily basis, without prompting or leading.

And that's the best thing of all.

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So happy birthday, best guy in the world. You make my heart sing.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful party. Wonderful parents to give such a wonderful party. Wonderful pictures too. I assume Colin's family party is today.

Happy Birthday, wonderful grandson. You may be the only grandson of multiple grandparents, but that doesn't keep you from being great. Hope you enjoy the gift from us as well as the rest of the loot you are sure to get.

Love, mum/grammy

2:07 PM  
Blogger moegirl said...

Happy Birthday Colin! Wow, he does look like Dad...he sounds like a wonderful lad, and how could he not be with you for a Mom? And fashion god for dad?

Party sounds fun, and I call World of Warcraft, "Warcrack"- I'm a WOW widow at times.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh! How sweet! Happy Birthday Colin!

How could he not be such a great guy? He has the most wonderful mother! It's posts like this that make me maybe want children some day. Glad you had a wonderful day for him and that he's such a great young man. You have a wonderful family.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Another special birthday tribute! Colin will love so much to read this when he is much older. A magic 8-ball day to be sure!

He truly sounds like a really neat kid and very appreciative of you and his dad. What a joy it must be to have such a fine child. Makes me wish I'd had kids..I kinda missed all the B-day things and special holidays.

You are blessed to have such a tightly-woven loving family.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Happy Birthday, Colin!

He really is a wonderful kid - but Beth got it right - it's because he has such a wonderful mother!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, D. what a wonderful tribute you are leaving to the kids with your birthday blogs! The kids are truly the best - but I'm not a prejudiced Grandma or anything.

C., happy birthday. You are a great kid and we so enjoyed being there with you for Thanksgiving and doing a small birthday celebration then for you and Sara. Big hugs from Grandma - we miss you.


12:20 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Colin sounds like A. a spectacular son; B. a kind kid; C. a fantastic friend; D. a perfect pupil; E. a best brother; and F. a great grandson.....All of this must mean that you and Charles are perfectly proud parents!!! Tell Colin, "It's great to be eight!"

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A belated happy B'day to Colin. Sounds like an amazing kid, bright, funny and well rounded for his age. You and Charles are great parents!! Pl tell Colin enjoy being 8, it won't come around again. :)

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Ariella said...

Colin is really the best kid I've ever met. He is mannerly and sweet and very intelligent. I am so happy to know him. Happy birthday to him.

And yes, my God, he looks JUST LIKE CHARLES.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Colin!

P.S. Your mom is pretty cool. Be nice to her. Remember this 6 years from now. ;-)

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only 8 more years and he will have his license and then the fun really begins. After enjoying him and his sister--and parents and pets--your blog is an extra bonus for us. Make sure you give him a hug from his Gwandpa Reid.

Much love from the Ole RF-er

12:39 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Dang it! Stop making me cry by writing such beautiful stuff about your kids!

No, actually, don't stop. I love hearing about them. They sound really awesome. :-)

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great blog. It makes the fact that we haven't seen each other in years a little easier.

Love, your seeeeter (Gail)

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another post that made me blub! This time I was prepared, remembering what happened when you posted on Sarah's b-day.

Those are two terrific kids you have.

And can I just say my Xmas list was identical to Colin's when I was a kid? I never did get the rock tumbler, though, although that was partially made up for by the receipt of a chemistry set!!! Whooo hooo. Wish I still had my microscope.

8:56 PM  
Blogger listmaker said...

Oh, happy birthday to your beautiful boy!

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? 8? When did this happen?

I have to tell you, reading posts like this makes me want to have children. I may have to go start hanging around department stores for a day or two to get the thought out of my mind.

He plays Warcraft & AofE? What an awesome kid! Has he played Ages of Mythology yet? That is so much fun and you can get the origional and the expansion set for only 19.99 at Target.

You have such a great family, Diana. I can't think of anyone else who deserves it more. Kisses!

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You brought tears to my eyes by the end.
I too am surprised, excited, sad and so many emotions at the fact that my daughter turned 5 last Saturday. I am not sure how that happened so quickly.

Loved your post.....

2:52 PM  

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