Friday, May 1, 2009


This morning I stood on the front steps and watched you walk off to school. I couldn't stop watching you--my baby--almost 6 years old, saunter off to school.

I watch your back pack swing and tap against your back with each step you take.

I notice your walk is similar to mine. You try to walk quick and purposefully, but a slow meander is all you can manage.

Your red hair---I love that it shows you are so obviously mine.

You have.... blue eyes.... sense of humor..... love of chocolate.....

Yesterday you told me how you spelled out the words to "Risen' up to the challenge of our rival" all the way home from school, making it pretty much the longest spelled word ever.

I still catch myself spelling things out in my head. It's weird and useless, but we are who we are, right?

My heart breaks a little as I watch you go, so big, so suddenly it seems. I remember staring down at your little newborn alien-looking face, searching for visible signs that you were mine. Your big hands, your little ring of red hair.

You are mine, mine, MINE!

I watch you turn and stare at the neighbor sitting on her porch.

Your finger is completely buried up your nose.

And then I remember, you are your daddy's too.


MommyJ said...

So sweet... and then so so funny.

Loved it. That's all I have to say.

Eric & Kristi said...

I love it! I love the ending. You make me laugh. You do have a great sense of humor.

Mrs Lemon said...

oh my word - that was awesome

Mycurlyhairdays said...

Weird that they grow up so fast! We sure love them so much! Nose picking finger and all!

Sara said...

That was so touching. And hilarious at the end. :) I've said this before, but I really enjoy your writing. :) Welcome back from TX, btw!

Cindy said...

Loved almost made me cry!!!
I wish I could come up with cool stuff like this little note. You are so clever!!

I wil lhave to try it sometime, but not now. I don't want to look like a copycat!!

The last part..totally J!

Heffalump said...

THat is Hilarious! Yes, with a capital H!
You should print that out and put it in a memory book for him!

Tori :) said...

LOL! YAY! "Eye of the Tiger!!"

Nobo you are so entertaining.

omar said...

So you're claiming that you never pick your nose?

Well written, as always.

omar said...

It'll be harder to weed out the compliment from the insinuations if I mix them together.

So you're claiming
that you never
written, as
pick your nose?

I guess readability is the downside with this method, but I still think it's worth it.

Mrs. Organic said...

SO great! I didn't see that one coming.

S said...

I concur!

Klin said...

I always try to make sure to give my hubs credit where credit is due, as well.

Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!

Charlotte said...

That was awesome. Gave me quite the chuckle.

Super L said...


I do that spelling things out in my head too! I even include punctuation. Are we related?

Anonymous said...

I dont do the spelling thing...i run numbers...oh i totally give my husband the credit on our boys, the tempers, the tantrums, the georgeous blue eyes I can fall into the sweet sensitive side i get to see much more rarely, that is mine.
Very Cute Post!!!

Plain Jame said...

so articulate.

whenever my kids are being cute - they are mine.

whenever they are being impossible - they are HIS.

Suzanne said...

Nobody, this was so sweet AND funny. Just like you! :)

It seems like the kiddies really do grow up quickly. I was watching a commercial today and this couple were playing with a toddler boy and I realized that I'm probably never going to have a toddler boy again. Sadness! But I have all those teenage years to look forward to! ;)

Bo is such a smart little guy. You can tell he's thinking so much about the world around him!

Mikelene said...

How sweet. (Well, except for the nose-picking part.)
That song always makes me think of the roller skating rink. :)

No Cool Story said...

"I notice your walk is similar to mine."

Oh, I could say something!
But I won't, becuase I am nice 0:)

Sarah Tilley said...

awesome post. i love that he can be jay's too. :)

ucmama said...

well, I'm sorry,

but, you have to share him...just a little

you can't keep all that awesomeness to yourself

stacy{s} said...

hilarious perfection

Rachelle said...

perfect. beauty and reality. sentimental and nose picking... oh what bliss! LOL!

Yvonne said...

That was so touching. They just grow up way too fast--take it from someone who still remembers when her almost 39 year old walked to kindergarten ; ) Enjoy each and every moment.