Friday, August 19, 2011

August 19

In the days and weeks before Cal was born, I remember fretting about running out of milk and the garbage piling up once I was in the hospital in labor. So I spent much of my final days of pregnancy at the store and taking out the trash. Of course, these were really concerns about Abbott and the impending split of my attention and care. And then he was born, effortlessly, almost, the labor, the first month of his baby life. I carried him from room to room in his little moses basket, and he simply slept. It seemed like a miracle.

I've thought back to being seven.
Like he'll be soon, I was a first grader. I remember a lot about that year.
Like him, I saw Star Wars for the first time; I was seven the year it came out. We watched it tonight as his birthday request.

The older he gets, the more certain similarities between the two of us become more pronounced, and that is not always an easy thing.

Every time we get ice cream, he chooses a new flavor, and I love that about him.

He's come home with more love notes from more girls, already, than I care to think about.

He has an almost intuitive understanding of physics, a deep and abiding love for all animals, a fierce temper and a strong silly streak. He would always rather stay home, when given a choice. Right now he plans to buy the house across the street when he's too old to live here.

I want to freeze frame so much of right now.

I cannot possibly imagine loving him more, but I know I will, even as soon as tomorrow. Love grows.

13 comments:

Janae said...

This is such a sweet post full of love, and that picture is so adorable. I really think that seven(ish) is one of the best kid ages. They're so so innocent but learning so much about the world around them, and developing their own sense of self. I wish I could bottle it. Happy birthday to your boy!

country girl said...

What a wonderful child!
Happy Birthday, Cal!
Seven is such an exciting age.
xoxo

pve design said...

I love how you look at life all around you, in front of you and behind you. How lucky your little boys are.
Happy sweet seven to Cal and many new flavors as the year unfolds.
pve

Ivy Lane said...

Lecia, Beautiful post..Everytime I "visit", I feel like I get to know your family .... your photos say it all! and your words are so beautiful....

Happy Birthday to Cal!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Beautiful.

KPiep said...

A very happy birthday to Cal!

Becky said...

Bless him. Happy Birthday Cal!

miriam said...

Seven times around the sun! Happy birthday, Cal.
And many, many more!
Miriam

Lyndsay said...

This is a really sweet post (as I type through misty eyes).

Di said...

You are so gifted in expressing how you feel. This post led me to reflect on my own boy - now 24 yrs old! - Yes you do love them more and for differing reasons as they grow...
Thanks for the pleasant memory- journey of my own lovely boys life so far. Both of yours seem so lovely- a reflection of their parents.... xx

Francesca said...

you write so well Lecia. this is a lovely and deep post. love grows. happy birthday to Cal!

molly said...

I cannot imagine a better tribute to a beloved boy.

Happy birthday to Cal, obviously cherished.

Nicola said...

Oh happy happy seven, Cal! You are quite the cutie!