15 April 2009

who he is today

one afternoon when the light was mellow and em* looked particularly dashing, we snapped a few shots in the sunroom.









a few weeks back i was sifting through a shoebox of loose photos, and came across a few of em back when he was a little guy crowned with curls. the moment of nostalgia was spiked with the regret of how nebulous my memory is of that particular small person.

so this is em at six.

he has hair the color of creamed coffee.

his giggle, which comes easily, bubbles up from his throat in a way that makes it impossible for him to talk and sometimes results in hiccups.

he's a maven at memorizing bible verses.

he makes an awfully cute groundhog in his kindergarten spring play.

he shares his jellybeans with the boy in church who needed a friend.

he knows no stranger. em walks into a room and expects the world to find him adorable.

he's my third child, wedged in a spot that makes him easy to overlook, and i feel a visceral ache when i realize he's striving for my attention and i haven't really heard him.

em is little, but sprouting up like bamboo, and i aim to know and treasure him at every height. my dear, sweet child: you are so precious to me.





asterisk: i did not actually name my son em. this is the phonetic spelling of the first letter of his name: M. there now, i'm not quite as odd as you'd thought.

addendum to the asterisk: so the votes are in, and i extend the warmest of thanks to everyone who affirmed my oddness in the comment section below. i am all about intriguing people, and i fully own that i am like seventeen brands of odd. i'm just not odd enough to name my sons bee, zee, and em. this is all i'm saying, folks.

11 comments:

Kimberly said...

I think you must be at least half as odd as I think you are - it's a big part of your charm after all.

I'm going to go play with my kids now. Sigh.

Tonya said...

he is so handsome for sure...

I love your pic on the sidebar...a new one? You look stunning...

xoxo

Tonya

Elaine A. said...

That's one good lookin' young man you have there! I love your photography...

hotflashmamaknowsbest said...

He is so-o-o precious. I love it when Dad and I come to see you and Em meets us at the door like we are long lost friends. "Grandma, Grandpa", and then come the hugs.

stinkypeteandcompany said...

I think it may be the human condition, rather than birth order, that has us striving endlessly for the love and attention of our cherished ones...our children, our mates, our parents.
That you see this in his sweetness and honor it, well that's Grace.
He's such a beautiful boy. Well done, I say.
sarah

deconstructing jen said...

Gorgeous pics, Nic. He's so handsome. And I can see where that laugh may come from. Such sweet words to him as well.

And you are every bit as odd as I thought you were. ;) But that's why I like ya. :D

~love said...

he is quite dashing, though i love everything he is through your words more.

i get that visceral ache when i realize that, too.

i need to do a post like this with my individual children. in the moment i think, "i'll always remember this...."
it makes me sad that i don't.

Organizing Mommy said...

Wow! What a "looker" as they say. Love your thoughts too. I feel that way about my middle child also, and he's 13. Oofffph..

Anonymous said...

Odd is amazing, and you are that my friend

Always love the pics, and i am going to give my boys a big fat hug if they like it or not !
cindy k.

deconstructing jen said...

Gorgeous pics, Nic. He's so handsome. And I can see where that laugh may come from. Such sweet words to him as well.

And you are every bit as odd as I thought you were. ;) But that's why I like ya. :D

Tonya said...

he is so handsome for sure...

I love your pic on the sidebar...a new one? You look stunning...

xoxo

Tonya