Every day he looks a little different. He grins up at me now with this lopsided, crazy toothed smile. Him, squinting into the sun and my lens and blowing my heart with his innocence and love.
Every day he is a little bigger, some tiny bit older, somehow new in his growing-boy-changeling ways.
He is what all children are – a person becoming something amazing in deceptively tiny steps that are really so, so big on their insides.
They feel big to me, and as they go by, I feel a weight turn and shift inside me. It is both a feeling of joy and sorrow, the disparity between which is one of life’s greatest gifts to experience.
Change on, my love.
a six year old has
complex things to consider
in rare, still moments
I took this video of Braden over 5 years ago – he was less than 2 years old. I am so glad I have taken so many photos and videos of him – this is like pure gold for me to find again later.
And frankly, I’m pretty sure that if you watch it, it’ll make your day just a little bit better. Make sure you have the sound on!
in you i see all
that is good and true in this
sometimes scary world
Today was Braden’s last day of school – he is officially heading to first grade. Last week he told me that he was so excited about Friday, because there would be no more school! Today, however, when it was time to leave school, he was very sad and started crying. “I am going to miss seeing my teachers and friends,” he told me.
I reminded him that he’ll get to go back next season and asked him what his plans for summer are. His reply? “Two things, Mommy: 1 – Go to the pool. 2 – Relax.”
I like the sound of that. Happy Summer Vacay, Friends!
This morning, after a big birthday hug in bed, I asked Braden, “So… how does it feel to be 6? He replied, “stronger. faster. more awesome.”
Here’s hoping he feels that way with each passing year. In very many ways, he makes me feel that way, too.