Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Love that Boy!

It is hard enough for a family of six to get a decent family photo, but if John is in the family it is nearly impossible. He spoils/improves (depending on your point of view) pictures by purposely pulling silly faces. In 2007 our attempt at a Christmas card was a fiasco. This year our friend Isa took more than 300 shots which was barely enough because John made a goofy face in all but something like three. One morning I found Bill sorting through the photos and cropping all of John's silly faces. Below is just a sampling.



As he worked in photoshop, Bill kept repeating a line from a poem by Walter Dean Myers. "Love that boy, like a rabbit loves to run. Love th boy, like a rabbit loves to run." Now whenever John does something exasperating, such as rub a glue stick on Zoey's chair, someone in the family says, "Love that boy." I'm often saying "Love that boy" as I take John to time out, which is often.


Today is John's birthday, he is five and we all truly do love that boy. After witnessing an afternoon of John's explosive energy and astounding capacity for destruction, a neighbor boy nicknamed him Nuclear John. An apt name but John has his quiet side too. He loves to be read to and will be still for hours listening to a book. He also grows quiet and focused as he builds with his blocks. He picks me flowers and leaves me love notes on my pillow. I may be blinded by a mother's love, but I think most of John's wildness is simply an enthusiastic celebration of life. John never gives a hug with out a running start. I call them attack hugs.

Love that boy!


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7 comments:

Isa said...

I love John. He is wonderful and I personally feel as though everyone should be as happy and confident. If only! Can't wait to read more books with you John!!! Happy 5th birthday!

brock said...

I'm sure all the girls in preschool will want that montage image on their walls like a teen idol poster. Happy Birthday John!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday cute John!

denebug said...

Happy Birthday! I love the cropped photo collage--it shows much more of his personality than a bland studio portrait ever could.

Linn said...

John, We miss you and thank you are absolutely awesome!! Happy Birthday darling boy!

Linn said...

John, Sister Allen is a dork. We "think" you are awesome. We also "thank" you. For what? For being you. And we thank Sister Allen for not being able to type.

Teachinfourth said...

The pictures are great. I find the same problem at times when I'm getting my class photo taken with my 5th graders...so often there is at least one who is being him or her 'self.'

Your photo reminded me of that Calvin and Hobbes where Calvin just won't sit still for a Christmas photo.

By the way, I stumbled across your blog on accident...