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Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Figure of Eight

Today my son turns eight years old.

This past year saw some big changes for him. He learned to ride a two-wheeled bike. He started reading chapter books, graduating from Dr. Seuss to Hardy Boys and Boxcar Children. He took on a lot more personal responsibility, such as brushing his teeth without us asking and picking out his own clothes. This past year he also started getting an allowance. Along with that, he opened his first savings account. One of the biggest changes of the past year is that he began to understand that learning and doing new things is a reward in itself.

No matter what the changes, I'm very proud of him. I'm proud that people say he's a nice boy, especially the girls in his class who are not yet attracted to the "bad boys"... I'm proud that he holds the door open for kindergarteners, and that he always remembers to say "Thank you" when older kids hold the door for him... I'm proud of him for having a wide variety of interests, from Star Wars to Hot Wheels to gardening to fishing... I'm proud of him when he teaches his little sister games, like Stratego and Monopoly. She doesn't always get it, but he keeps trying in the face of frustration... Most of all, I'm just proud that he is learning and growing and having fun, just like he's supposed to be doing. He may get a little silly sometimes. Well, make that a LOT silly sometimes, but when is he ever going to have another chance to be a silly 8-year-old boy?

Last night he was so excited about his birthday that he said, "Daddy, I don't think I can fall asleep! Can you bring me my new book from downstairs so I can read a little?" Five minutes later, when I returned to his room with book in hand, he was sound asleep, one of the cats curled up next to his head.

Later today we'll ride bikes, go for a swim, have a little family party, eat pizza and cake, and open presents. In a few days he'll have a party in the park with his friends. It's a great time to be eight years old!


Blogger Hannelie said...

Happy Birthday to yoooouuuu,
Happy Birthday to yooouuuuu,
Happy Birthday dear little-Phil,
Happy Birthday to you!!
From Aussie-family

5:42 AM  
Blogger toadman said...

Congrats to your son! We still have a six year old. He'll turn seven on Dec. 24th this year. Seems like he was a baby only four or five years ago....

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Jared said...

Wow. What's a childhood without The Hardy Boys or Boxcar Children?

Happy birthday!

(p.s. Don't forget Nancy Drew!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Darth Daddy said...

Sounds like you have raised a great son.
Happy Birthday!

Shannon (and family)

10:50 PM  

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