Decades and Celebrations

It’s Memorial Day.  You might have figured that out.

We’ve known for, oh… 74 days now, that Memorial Day was going to fall on a Monday.  And that meant, therefore, that there would be no school on that particular Monday.  And that made this guy, below here – deliriously happy!

No school? And a vacation day for daddy? And his birthday?

Could it get any better than that?

I think not.

Neither does he.

He_is_10_missindeedyTen years ago, today, this little guy struggled mightily to come into the world.  He brought smiles out with him.  He brings smiles with him, wherever he goes, even now.  His laugh is downright infectious.  His smile lights up a room (and our world).  He is caring and kind, and has a sense of humor that everyone gets a kick out of.

Most of all, though?

He is ours.

And we can’t believe that we are celebrating a decade of life with this handsome, quirky, smart, compassionate, and funny child.

Happy Birthday, Sweetboy!

We pray that God pours joy into your heart this year and draws you closer to His.

We love you so.

Yes indeedy!

Why, Certainly!

One of the best things about growing up as a child of Captain Ahab was our sense of certainty.  We were certain that plans could, indeed, be set in stone.  We were certain that if we sassed back, we’d get it. We were certain that one day a week was reserved for church, yard work, and soup and sandwich (in that order, mind you).  And whenever we dared question whether one of those things were really going to come to pass, he’d reply, “Why, certainly!”.

Captain Ahab and I sometimes butted heads in the worst possible way. I now know that it was because we are so alike.  And I totally empathize now.  I see, in my Sweetgirl, the same characteristics and personality traits that surely made him shake his head in consternation at me.  And I find myself saying the same things to Sweetboy and Sweetgirl that he said to me and my sibling.  I can also see, now, that those things were imparted as certainties so as to instill a sense of certainty to life during uncertain times.  And although some of Captain Ahab’s “certainties” were outdated, to my mind, I can see the “why” behind almost every one of them now. Perspective is funny that way.  Parenthood, too.

And with that, I recently heard myself uttering one of the Captain’s favorite phrases.  Sweetboy had just asked if he absolutely had to take at least three bites of the new food on his plate? To that I said, “Why, certainly!”.  Yes, indeed.