An array of stuffed animals arranged on the floor for a football game, long lanky arms and legs folded up to fit into my lap as we rock-I'm keenly aware that these things will not last forever. How much longer will they last?
Moments that alternate between little boy and a maturing big kid. Between those moments I catch glimpses if the grown up he is going to be. Quick to smile and warm up the room. A gentle heart that swoons for little ones, who understands how to talk to babies and pacify toddlers. Testing out a sense of humor. Looking for jobs to practice using a screwdriver and a hammer.
This year's wishes? A Lego cake, decorated himself. A trip to the children's museum not with friends but with his siblings. A remote controlled helicopter. Happy year nine!