Saturday, October 02, 2010

Sappy Saturday

James a few weeks ago at a family picnic
On Wednesday, my oldest son James celebrated his tenth birthday. It is absolutely incredible to me that this little guy is ten.

As an infant, James gave us some moments of worry. He was a teensy little thing and we didn't think he was ever going to grow. But he did indeed grow and is now turning into an amazing young man. I am still a little amazed that I get to parent him.

James has completely inherited Jason's sense of humor. He is really quick with a pun and is one of the fastest in the family to come up with a joke if things are a little tense. And while he's not great with an "on-demand" smile, he has a big laugh and a giant grin on his face much of the time. I absolutely love that about him.

He is also incredibly smart. Again, like his dad, he will almost always choose a non-fiction book over a piece of fiction. The only fiction that he has read are the Lucy and Stephen Hawking books George's Secret Key to the Universe and George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt. Which both have an awful lot of non-fiction in them (I highly recommend these books to parents looking for a bit of sci-fi that is heavy on the sci. Plus, they have some stunning photography in them from Hubble.). He has an incredible memory for facts and if he learns something, he's probably going to remember it for a long time. And if he doesn't know something, he will look it up. Just last night we were watching "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" movie and it was the scene in it where Arthur meets Trillian at the party and she's dressed as Darwin with a stuffed beagle. He wanted to know what the beagle represented with Darwin, so he went looking to find out.

But more than these things, what makes James so special to me is his gigantic heart. I don't think this child has ever met someone he didn't want to befriend. And he is so open about that. I have moments where I want him to hide his affection for people, but he just won't have it. He wants to be a part of what you're doing, even if he's just met you. He doesn't care what you look like, how old you are, what your political or religious views are -- he just wants to get to know you and be your friend. In a world that breeds fear and mistrust toward our fellow travelers, I absolutely love that he has such an open way about him.

I'm a seriously lucky mom to have such an amazing son. I love you James!
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