This is my baby, my Boy of Summer.
After being blessed with three daughters you could imagine how happy I was to finally have a son. My first thought was, "Ok I'm done now!" and then,"I finally get to shop in the "BOYS" section!" My outdoors' Husband was overwhelmed that he finally had a lil "fishing buddy." He had someone to throw the ball too, someone who he could commiserate with about living with all these "girls" and someone to pass his name on to and share all the things his father had shared with him. We were complete.
I couldn't have been more ill prepared! lol I had no idea how different little boys were from little girls. My girls were never ones to open drawers, go in cabinets, take risks. But this lil boy of mine was every where all the time! He took things apart, just to see how they fit back together, he mastered baby gates and childproof objects. His biggest thrill when he was under the age of two, was to pull off the safety outlet covers and shock himself. He would get so mad when I wouldn't let him continue. I was exhausted just trying to keep him from harming himself, let alone his older sisters! lol.
This is the boy who thought while in his Superman Jammies he could fly, so he attempted to fly off the top of the couch, only to break his collar bone by the age of four. So off we went.....Mom, Dad and "Lil Superman" cape and all to the Emergency room. I was afraid because he seemed to be a "frequent flyer" there! He wanted to save money so therefore he became "The Bank" and ate 57 cents in mixed coins, he wanted to play "Hungry Hungry Hippo" so he ate the marbles. Both instructions upon leaving the ER for those two incidents resulted with me (Mom) having to make sure he safely passed the objects mentioned above! Who said Motherhood wasn't a rewarding job?? lol.. I have washed more GI Joe boots and guns, bottle caps, marbles, rocks, tree seeds, Yugi O and baseball cards, then I care to mention! He never cleans his treasures out of his pockets before laundry day!
He turned 12 this past summer and my attempts to keep him my baby forever are failing miserably, he is almost as tall as me, but then again a garden gnome is almost as tall as me! He is so very smart and witty and absolutely handsome that soon all his treasures in his pockets will be replaced with girls phone numbers. After all, he received his first kiss on the Kindergarten School Bus and was told he was now her boyfriend! lol.....I couldn't quite tell if that was a look of satisfaction on his face when he told me all about it or the look of complete disgust when I met him at the bus stop!
I know someday he will stop looking at me as if I hung the moon and find his stars in someone else's eyes, But he will always be my baby boy!