2/4/09

My Boy

My son is six and a half exactly; an age where a faint glimpse of his baby-self can still flash out at me, but ever so briefly.



He is happy and he's a joy to be around. Unless he naps at the wrong time. Then, not as much.


He has the most beautiful smile; a wide one that twinkles his eyes. And an adorable giggle.



Looking at our beach pictures though, I realized I was looking at two children: my little boy and my son as a young man. This picture struck me with the slightly sinking feeling that if I just stretched it at the top so as to make him taller, I'd have a very close approximation of a 16-year old Shark Boy.

The girls are going to go wild. I need to practice my gimlet eye. He's mine girlies, until he says "I do". And then, we'll see.


Fine Print: There will be a no return policy.

Shark Boy is a serious child as a general rule. He is focused. He becomes captivated with something and studies that thing with single-minded application. He is frustrated when he can't do something well. He's competitive.



He looks so like his father, with wide set eyes and a strong brow. The resemblance is striking despite his being fair-haired with eyes the color of the sky. They are like dark and light versions of each other.


Is it me or is the future man peeking out a little in this shot? ~sobs~



He is only six and a half. His natural tendency to be serious still breaks easily and often into laughter and playfulness.

As I hope it always will.

14 comments:

Jaden Paige said...

Aww... He is a cutie, and I can totally see what you're saying about the man peeking through! It's so sad that they start morphing at such a young age, huh? Sometimes I feel like I get glimpses of what my girl will be like as a teen already... and she's only one! ACK!

Jill said...

This is a great post, and I can see how those pictures could foretell him becoming a teenager or a man. He has an "older" look about him. Maybe the serious face, I don't know. But I'll be he looks pretty much the same at 16 as he does at 6.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Jill - I think so too! In that pic running on the beach I could swear he'll just be a little taller and broader through the shoulders but basically the same.

bernthis said...

the one where he is walking out the water, you can totally see him in 10 years. It is so weird, I know. I hve a 5 and a half year old and last night we went out to dinner and she had crossed her legs the whole time. 5 going on 25, that one

wheelsonthebus said...

the fact that they will someday date makes me hope they are gay, so at least i won't have to share with a girl.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

wheels - It is hard for a momma to think about sharing her sons with another woman. I never understood the whole Momma's Boy thing until I was the Momma!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

OK Amy you are going to make me cry. What a sweet boy and a sweet mama post. I'd let Miss C go out with him...in about 20 years. ;)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

You know what? I actually got tears. Cause I know exactly what you mean. I see faces I know are those of a man. And, I flip out. Poor Amy. Poor me.

Sarcastic Mom said...

Breakin' my heart, woman!

He will be quite the handsome Shark Man. :-)

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Blonde Mom - Wouldn't that be a hoot? I promise we're teaching him manners and how to treat girls with utmost respect.

Tanna said...

I know what you mean, what a sweet post and I need to go take more pictures! I want to remember all of those faces. My oldest just turned 8, he is a swimmer and one day he took off his shirt and I noticed a little bit of muscle definition, I thought to myself whoa not yet buddy!

I guess we have to let them grow up sometime.

Rima said...

What a sweet, sweet, boy. I'm thinking along the same lines as Blonde Mom - I'd let V-meister go out with Shark Boy in about twenty years, too! He comes from a good family :)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

He is so beautiful and you captured him PERFECTLY Amy!

Leisa Hammett said...

Oh, you beat me to it! I've not even begun to articulate the thoughts that circle around in my head since having a child nearly 15 years ago regarding this. I do it with other people's children. I look at them and see flashes of the adult they will become. (On second thought, I do have an essay about that in my book draft.) But, anyway, beautiful. The simplicity of the writing, the concept, the photos. I'm ashamed I've meant to but not until now checked out your blog. Ta-ta!

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