23 April 2014


At school, on your birthday, you get to go on the announcements in the morning.  It is the first thing he told me when I picked him up this afternoon.  That, and the fact that the girls were talking in class, so they didn’t get to have recess. 

They ask the kids to share their favorite color,  what you will do to celebrate your birthday, and share your favorite food.  I asked what his answers were this year, “red, having a Harry Potter party because my mom rocks, and guacamole.”  I asked him if he really told the school that I rocked and he smiled, said no, and told me he added that for my benefit.

He is seven, this boy.  The one that we hoped and wished for, the one we painstakingly planned and waited for, and can not imagine our lives without.  I wondered on the way to the hospital for my c-section, if we would even like each other.  It was such an abstract concept, until a few hours later when he arrived and it all made perfect sense.  One moment, an itty bitty cry from a giant baby, and I was a mom.


If I say it enough, I might start to believe it.

He is smart as a whip with the driest sense of humor, and mannerisms that I’d rather he reserve until he is a teenager.  He is still my baby, though now, trapped in a lanky body with a mop of blonde hair, and the faintest hint of freckles kissing his nose.

I am excited to see what this year holds for him, the new things he will learn, and the adventures that await.  I am sure it’s going to be good.


Karri said...

He is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So, how far in to Harry Potter is Finn? My just turned 6 is reading Book 2, but I don't know how far I should let him go, b/c they supposedly get dark. It was suggested to stop at #4 for a while..

Unknown said...

The funniest part is that guacamole has always been his favorite food!

Michelle said...

@Anon, We're just finishing book two, I usually read to him aloud, but he's a pretty advanced reader and has tackled the last few chapters himself. He did ask me to re-read the chapter he stopped on because he thought he wasn't grasping all the concepts. I think it depends too, on you being there to explain and clarify and knowing how your child processes fantasy/reality. I'm going to have him pause after book four also just because it does get a little intense. I may even have him take a mini break after book three because a student dies in book four and I am not sure he is ready for that even though the general themes in four are still rather child-like. Five, six and definitely seven are very much for older readers.

Nita said...

7, what a sweetie. He's your boy.

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