12.01.2009

The Seven Year Old Boy

He's quite an interesting character. Quite different from the six year old boy. A little more mature, a little more sure of himself. When offered stickers at the doctor's office last week, he simply said, "No thank you. I don't need any."

We've been playing a lot of Hide and Seek. Every time he finds me or I find him, he hugs me tight, as if he missed me dearly during our brief separation.

We've also been playing a lot of Apples to Apples, and every time he is the judge, he picks his father's card, no matter what. The seven year old boy is fiercely loyal.

He called me from the roof yesterday. On his own cell phone. Yep, the boy has his own cell phone. In fact, he's the only person in our house with a cell phone. He bought the phone with his own money, then earned an extra $20 to add air time.

"Hi mom! I'm on the roof." Words that make a mother's heart quicken, grab the camera, and run outside. Except the seven year old boy disappears when the camera is present.

That is why the mother of the seven year old boy must take pictures while the boy is asleep.

the boy sleeps

Ah, how I love to watch him sleep.

28 comments:

  1. oh my what a sweet sweet post. independent yet hugging tight. sighhhh.

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  2. oh yeah, this is really nice.
    hold tight when it's offered, molly. that's my m.o.

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  3. lovely post. your boy is handsome. such a strong jaw.

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  4. Love those sleeping shots. Actually, I just love when they are sleeping ;) !!
    Very sweet.

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  5. love this post - such sweetness - seven - wow!

    the cell phone thing cracks me up - too funny

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  6. love this post - such sweetness - seven - wow!

    the cell phone thing cracks me up - too funny

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  7. i have multitudes of sleeping shots. i could just eat them up while they are sleeping.

    the cell phone call from the roof thing is such a boy thing.

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  8. What a lovely post- a love letter somehow but also the mamas' story of leting go her child while watching him grow... And what a handsome boy, you've got, Molly!
    amazed
    bora from Switzerland

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  9. the other night Benen was in wild creative form. I thought to myself "where is Aiden when we need him?".
    On the roof, apparently.

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  10. I love pictures of when they are sleeping. especially my youngest. my two daughters both took an afternoon nap yesterday - darn it, should have taken a picture. thanks for the reminder for next time.

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  11. I think your post really captures the in-betweeness that is so true of seven...the sweet baby sleepy face and the cell phone, all in one!

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  12. I loved the way Aidan just came up and hugged me this weekend. He sure had fun teasing me, by calling me on my "new" cell phone and hanging up, when I was sitting right next to him! What a sweety.

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  13. He seems like a fabulous kid!

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  14. how precious! I also love to watch my children sleeping. so quiet, so innocent, so peaceful.

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  15. My seven year old boy is much the same.....but the roof...agh, be still my heart!!

    :)

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  16. what a sweet, beautiful post!

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  17. Awww....boys....are....so....wonderful! :)

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  18. I just love that he spent his own money on a cell phone and air time. It is so funny that that was what he really wanted and so awesome that you let him buy it and so cool that what he wants to do with it is call you from the roof. Does it take photos? Maybe you can get him to take pictures of himself and send them to you.

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  19. Hey there from Alaska! I am LOVING your blog! Beautiful photos and inspiration! I see you use a Canon as well, tell me about your GLASS! What lenses do you use?
    I’ve been discovering a lot of new (to me) blogs and it’s been wonderful to find so many like minded people!
    Feel free to drop by my blog as well. I’ve been enjoying posting more prolifically lately- Advent/holiday gift ideas, recipes, insights and tutorials. http://www.mountainpulse.blogspot.com/

    Off I go to peruse more of your blog-Happy holidays!

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  20. As a mom of a nine year old boy who used to be a seven year old boy, I could certainly appreciate this post!

    Also. We're big fans of Apples to Apples around here too.

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  21. What a sweet boy! That picture is a framer for sure!

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  22. I always had to sneak up on my little brother when he was sleeping...because I loved to kiss those sweet cheeks and he hated being kissed. Thanks for the memory and the beautiful portrait (in words and image) of your son.

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  23. What a sweet posting....My 11-year old loves Apples to Apples too. Enjoy him.

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  24. Just reading this today (so far behind on my blog reading!), and I can relate to what you've written here. I have a 6 year old boy (7 in March) and he breaks my heart daily with his way of looking at me and with his hugs. I love to watch him sleep too.

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