Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seven (& Eleven Days)

Seven

Westley turned seven on the first of this month. I wasn't really sure what to say about that. I thought I might copy off my own paper, so I glanced back at the things I wrote about his sixth birthday. The more I think about it, the more he seems like the same guy he was last year. Just more so.

Happy Birthday

That's a thing about birthdays for me: regardless of whose it is, a birthday is always kind of a let-down. Somehow I got it into my head that on your birthday, something MAGICAL happens, and you are suddenly A TOTALLY DIFFERENT YOU now that you're another year older. Not only is that not the case, but it's an easy notion to disprove once you have children and watch them not change as they get older so much as become more fully themselves.

Seven
Seven
Cake

I don't write much about Westley anymore because I don't write much about anything anymore, but also because he doesn't like people talking about him—or even to him. At seven, Westley is loquacious, rambunctious, imaginative, and deeply something I can't put my finger on. Sensitive begins to scratch the surface of it. He really discovered drawing this past year, and through his pictures and stories, I get glimpses into what seems to be the rich inner life of a boy who marches joyfully to the beat of his own drum.

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We finished out Westley's birthday week with trip to see PNB's Nutcracker, just him and me. It was the most fun we've had together in a long time, and Westley's full-self sigh-of-relief at not having to share me with his sister was palpable. (Westley and Ivy are best friends and worst enemies, sometimes within the same half-hour.)

Nutcracker
Seven

Nutcracker more than tops our first-ever movie in the theater as my favorite Mommy-Westley date...to date. Westley was a charming companion, and he loved every minute (except waiting in line). It was the something MAGICAL every birthday deserves.

Nutcracker
And he's been humming the music ever since!

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