Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Happy Birthday, Gage!

My son turns 7 today. At 10:30 am or thereabouts, the actual moment of the anniversary of his birth will pass. He won't note it and I will likely be busy with other events and not notice at that moment either. But what a life changing moment that was when our family grew by one and we got a whole new injection of testosterone.

Gage has grown and changed so much this year. And, the picture here is the epitome of some of those changes. He is playing the "step on a crack and you'll break your mother's back" game. In the past, walks across campus were agonizingly slow when he was in this mode -- he couldn't possible step on any cracks (or lines) for fear of injuring my back (or spine). But now, he has just called me, "Hey, Mom . . . look at this!" Can you stand the glee on his face? Rotten little boy!

I love him so much! He is funny and smart and kind. He is argumentative and strong-willed and contemplative. He is a good friend, a good son, and a good brother. He is cautious and curious and crazy. He is my boy.

Gage Spinning
Lost in thought, playing a spinning game
Maybe it won't be at exactly 10:30 am, but at some point in the day, I"ll be thinking about those moments of his birth and the joy that he brings to my life everyday.

Gage
Newborn Gage - 1/24/2000

A Family of Four

Progression
from two
to three
to four
Whole becoming a whole lot more.

And so we add more
more smiles
more funny hair
more belly laughs,
Little Baby Bear

Welcome to our family,
Mister Boy
Little brother, darling son.
We welcome you with endless Joy.
© 2000, Liza Lee Miller

6 comments:

Mary said...

Gage is a very lucky boy to have a Mom like you. This tribute to your little son put a knot in my throat. Thanks for sharing something so very special!

robin andrea said...

Happy birthday to your lovely son. I just popped over, and it's nearly 10:30 am. A nice moment. That's quite a beautiful poem.

NatureWoman said...

Happy Birthday to Gage!!

LauraHinNJ said...

Hope it's happy for him!

Love your poem.

Susan Gets Native said...

Happy birthday to your boy!

I seem to miss the "exact time" during my girls' birthdays, because we always try to have a party ON THE DAY and it's always too crazy.

Doesn't it blow your mind how fast time is flying???

Liza Lee Miller said...

Thanks for all the good wishes! He had a great birthday. Homemade brownies to take to school for his friends, gifts after school, his favorite dinner, staying up late watching the first hour of AI. What more could a boy want?

Plus my gift to him was the same spider that Liam got from Julie! He LOVES it! :)