I had a completely different post created, but as usual, nothing went according to plan. Which is exactly what you should expect when you have a 2 year old that can't sit still...even after a million bribes. But I got to see Evan graduate and for that I'm grateful. Then I walked the twins home from school while Jalon stayed with Evan to watch the slide show and finish up. I was slightly disappointed that I didn't get to stay but it's probably for the best.
I couldn't stop crying during the ceremony (thank you teachers for playing "Over the Rainbow" because that really helped) so I'm thinking a slide show of all their pictures probably wouldn't have been the best idea for this already sobbing Mom.
No matter how long you have been a parent, everyone tells you to "enjoy this, because it goes so fast!" I realize that. It doesn't take much to realize that. You go through so many phases with a baby that all you can think at first is "I just wish she would sleep through the night". Then it's "I just wish they would start walking/talking already". To "I just wish they would shut up and leave me alone already." And then all you wish is that you could go back to the beginning again because you were so sleep-deprived that you can't even remember what they looked like as a baby.
It does go fast. Really, super, speedy and fast. As if someone else is holding down the fast-forward button on your life remote and you have no control over how quick or slow the time is going by.
I would give anything to hold my big boy as a baby again. Just for a few minutes. But I'm so blessed and relieved that all my kids are turning out as well as they are with having me as their Mother. Evan is so imaginative and creative. I love the things his mind comes up with and I always find it entertaining...in a "he's a little weird, but I still love him" kind of way.
So, I decided to have some fun and ask my son a few questions, just to see where he stands right now. That way when he's older, I can show him this and laugh. Or cry. Whatever.
1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Evan: "I want to be a Chef."
Me: "Why a Chef?"
Evan: "Because they are fun. I love to make chicken and pizzas and cakes and cupcakes. I used to want to be a firefighter, but I changed my mind. I want to make stuff. And I want to bring it to people. I don't like waiting for food so I can make it fast.
Me: "I think that's called a waiter, not a Chef."
Evan: "oh...what's a waiter?
Me: "It's a person that brings food to your table."
Evan: "I want to be a waiter. Because it's fun and my brain is magic. My brain makes the things I love."
Evan: "I even put you, Daddy, Morgan and Declan in there. Because I love you all and want to keep you in there forever."
Me: "That's....very sweet."
2. At what age is a person an adult?
Me: "Why 14?"
Evan: "Because I said so and I have a LONG way until I'm 14."
3. What's the hardest thing about being a kid?
Evan: "Being nice. And waiting. It's hard to be nice and we have to get rid of a lot of naughty. Is it time for ice cream yet?
4. If you had to give one gift to every single child in the world, what would it be?
Evan: "An Airplane."
Evan: "Because they can fly. We will have to buy a LOT at the store. But I can't give one to everyone because I'm not allowed to talk to strangers."
5. Where is your favorite place in the world?
Evan: "Grandma and Grandpas."
Me: "Really? Why?"
Evan: "Because I like them and they have a lot of different toys, like the baseball game. I love baseball. And because they take me to places and I have fun. And I like playing the hippo game. They let me watch TV. Like Baseball.
6. Are you a good friend?
Evan: "Yes. Because I can change my mind over the bad days and get the good days back.
7. If you were a teacher and the kids wouldn't listen to you, what would you do?
Evan: "I would say "Come here and sit down."
Me: "That's it?"
Evan: "They have to listen to me."
Me: "What if they didn't?"
Evan: "I didn't think about that. Can I have my ice cream now?"
The size of his heart amazes me. I have never met someone that's so full of love and joy for life and others. He takes such pleasure in the smallest things and I couldn't be more proud of the boy he has become.
Sorry this is such a sappy post, but he really deserves it once and awhile.