He’s 16 Now

Da Goddess @ 03:19

Not So Little Dude is 16 today. It hardly seems possible.

Yes, that familiar lament of parents everywhere. “Where did the time go?” I’ve said it over and over again and I still don’t have an answer. One minute he was a baby, the next he’s 5, and suddenly he’s 16.

LD’s always astonished me with his insight, wit, and thoughtfulness. He’s also always had a bit of otherworldly ability. I can’t quite explain it, but he has it. He’s the kid who sits next to someone who’s hurting and they begin to feel better, or at least they become very relaxed. I’ve experienced this. I’ve watched it happen to other people, too. He also knows things he couldn’t possibly know. I remember when he was around 2 and he began asking about our vacation to Rhode Island. Considering that I was only about 4 1/2 months pregnant when his dad and I took the trip, there’s no way he could have known about the trip. Couldn’t know details about Aunt Mary’s house, which fascinated him. And he was also fascinated by a shirt I wore on the trip. Even with a few photos that were tucked away in a filing cabinet, there were none of Mary’s house and basically none of Rhode Island itself. We had photos from Connecticut and Massachusetts, but maybe only one from Rhode Island. And none of the shirt he recalled me wearing. At 2, it’s not like he heard years of stories about the trip. In fact, I don’t think we ever even talked about it. It was largely unremarkable except for the fact that it was during the trip that I first started going into pre-term labor.

This boy’s also very attuned to those who have passed. I can’t explain that either. I do know that he can describe his papou down to the smallest detail, including his voice. It’s not possible at all. He never met the man. LD hasn’t seen any videos or heard recordings of the man, so that’s out as an explanation as well. It’s just a talent he has. Other people may scoff at such things, but I’ve watched him experience this and it actually happens.

Anyhow, that’s my boy. Or at least a facet of him. And he’s 16 today.

I’m proud to call LD my son.

Happy birthday, Little Dude! I love you!


  1. Happy Birthday, LD! :-D

    Comment by pam — 2012/10/03 @ 04:35

  2. Happy birthday LD, I hope it is the start of a great year for you and for everyone around you.

    Comment by The Gray Monk — 2012/10/03 @ 04:48

  3. Happy Birthday! October birthdays are cool, particularly because mine is too. ;)

    Comment by diamond dave — 2012/10/03 @ 06:03

  4. He had a pretty good day, I think. We had dinner with my mom, my dad, my sis, and my bro-in-law. It was nice. It was just what “the doctor” ordered.

    Yeah, those were totally air quotes.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2012/10/03 @ 21:40

  5. Happy birthday LD!

    Comment by Karen — 2012/10/04 @ 19:46

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