6/2/10

He completes us.




Twelve years ago today, much to the horror of his sisters, we welcomed The Golden Boy into the world.

The words “It’s a boy!” were not uttered by the doctor, a nurse, or even my own husband; but by my SISTER who had cleverly sneaked into the O.R. smoother than warm brie on a piece of French bread.

We spent the first few years of his life convincing his sisters that painting his toenails and fingernails while he was sleeping just wasn’t done. When they tried to sneak him into daycare with makeup and a handkerchief on his head, his father said “Enough is enough!”

The next five years or so we spent searching for the hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and various tools he would use to dismantle anything and everything he could get his hands on. However, adding three plastic containers full of oil to the green, plastic John Deere tractor in the driveway was a brilliant move on his part. I didn’t know that steam could actually come out of Tightwad’s ears.

I still remember fondly Bitchy’s loud screams as she would spy The Boy running through the sprinkler in the backyard wearing her two-piece bathing suit. If I remember correctly, this was a weekly occurrence.

And so, it was with great satisfaction that she informed us that the poop we had been cleaning up in the yard somewhat TOO frequently (thinking it belonged to the dogs) was in fact his.


Today, Golden Boy, I celebrate the joy you’ve brought into our lives.


And when I gaze into your eyes as you share your stories about the day, I catch my breath. For not only do I see a glimpse of the young man that you are becoming, I can also see my father’s kind and gentle ways mirrored in your soul.



And I smile.

42 comments:

Cheryl said...

I'm sure once I finish this I won't be first anymore. But just for a moment I'm basking in the glow.

Happy Birthday Golden Boy and Happy Birthday to you VM! What a beautiful post.

Michele said...

Happy Birthday GB.

Awwwww...I remember 12 year old boys. Sweet one minute, smelly the next.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

WAIT?! My son will have to turn 12?!?! No!!!!!!


Happy Bday to your beautiful boy!

The Good Cook said...

As a mother to three boys I know the pride and joy you are feeling... what special beings they are! Happy Birthday Golden Boy.

Scary Mommy said...

Awww, so sweet!! Happy Birthday Golden Boy!!

And, I had to laugh at the poop-- we had a similar situation here. Lovely.

Scope said...

I hope the poop in the yard has decrease slightly in the past few years.

I think Bitchy & Sassy deserve an award for letting him make it to 12.

ChiTown Girl said...

Happy Birthday, Golden Boy!

This post cracked me up, because it was very reminiscint of my baby brother. He used to cry if he didn't get his nails painted when my mom and sister were painting theirs. We have a hilarious picture we took of him once in my sister's dress, complete with pantyhose (!) and makeup! That poor kid...

He, too, was a pro at taking apart everything and anything he could get his hands on. And, one of our favorite stories is when he handcuffed himself to the pool ladder, while my dad was at work, of course, so my mom had to call the police to come and get him out!!

Snappy Di said...

No more pooping in the yard, Golden Boy!!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Happy Birthday to you both! 12 is that last kid age for boys, before adolescence kicks in. I love the photo of him with the mower; I'd forgotten about those little toy mowers. My son enjoyed those much more than he's ever enjoyed the real thing.

CatLadyLarew said...

Hooray for Golden Boy! It's a miracle he lived to see 12. Well done, Vodkamom... well done. Many happy returns of the day!

Evonne said...

Wow! Bitchy and Sassy let him make it to 12? LOL!

Happy Birthday, Golden Boy.

a Broad said...

Happy Birthday to the Golden Boy and his family ..
Oh the "stories" you have for when he starts to bring girls home ...

I have one warning.. for some odd reason, Golden Boys suddenly at some point in their still young lives, turn into Golden Men and talk to You as if you are their child ... just a warning ..

Right now though, they are delicious .. they still think we know everything and they need us.

Dawn said...

Aw, Happy Birthday GB! It's my mom's birthday today too...

And if his sisters insisted on putting him in makeup, nail polish and head scarves, I guess it is no real surprise that he would take a shining to pretty bikinis.... Ha ha! Bitchy brought in on herself!

Elizabeth Flora Ross said...

It is amazing how quickly the time goes. I'm glad to know the memory of the day he came in to the world is still so fresh. I keep worrying the memory will fade.

Thanks for sharing this sweet and funny post!

WhisperingWriter said...

I hope Golden Boy has a fantastic birthday!

The Boob Nazi said...

Aww, great pictures. Happy birthday to him!

CSY said...

Happy Birthday, Golden Boy!!!

VM, I am the oldest of 5 and 3 of them are boys. I also have 2 boys of my own...boys are SO much easier to raise than girls! I'm hoping my daughter lets her brothers make it to 12!

Sue said...

LOVE the photos! "Golden Boy" reminds me so much of "My Boy Bryce"! And at 26, he STILL tortures his sisters. I don't think it will ever end. Just last week he had trapped a rat in our store. He picked it up and immediately brought it to his pregnant sister to scare her!! Hate to burst your bubble, but once a "Golden Boy", always a "Golden Boy"!!

SkylersDad said...

I pooped in the back yard also, but stopped after I turned 16 and could drive down to the gas station bathroom.

Steven Anthony said...

what a sweet post...Happy bday golden boy.

Sandee said...

♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Golden Boy,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

Suzy said...

If my sister and I had had a younger brother we would have done the same things to him that your girls did to GB.

After all, I did slap Lindy when she was just a few months old and try to push her off the sofa. My mother screamed at me and said "Why did you do that?"

I replied, "Because she was bad."

When babies are only a few months old they're known for their badness. EVERYONE knows that.

Carolyn...Online said...

Aww that was sweet. Except for the poop part. That was kind of icky. Happy Birthday GB!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Birthday!!
I am thinking that it is a good thing your golden boy came along..call it insurance..you will have someone to look after you in the Nursing Home someday:)

Kaylen said...

Aw, thanks for sharing such great memories! :)
Happy 12th bday to your young one. It's his last year of being a child...and then it's the teens and then he'll be graduating and leaving you before you know it! Oh, sniff, wait...that's my son....

Happy 12th!!!!!!

just making my way said...

A most Happy Birthday to the Golden Boy! He deserves the best day, one free of sisterly troubles!

Sprite's Keeper said...

Happy birthday, Golden Boy! Your sisters may have put the silver into your mom's hair, but you are the reason for the gold highlights. :-)

WeaselMomma said...

Happy BirthDay Golden Boy! May you have many more more years of sister torturing ahead of you.

Brian Miller said...

happy birthday to golden boy!

Anna See said...

Happy Birthday, Golden Boy!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love the two piece. Boys with older sisters should have a club. I called my little brother, Matthew, Martha for a couple of years. And it took him that long to figure out that the games we played (dress up, going to the store, etc.) all involved him being a girl. I don't think he's forgiven me yet...

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

That was beautiful.

Many happy returns to the Golden Boy!

Dawn said...

The poop in the yard - gross! funny, but gross.

Happy birthday Golden Boy!

peewee said...

AWWWW that was SO sweet! My nephew turns 13 this year and I just dread the day he doesn't think I'm the coolest thing on the planet. sigh. can I hope for even one more year??

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy Birthday Golden Boy! I'm glad your Mom lived to tell the story :-) Please go easy on her.
Cheers,
jj

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

How many gray hairs would you say Golden Boy has added to your hair?

Sounds like he has your sense of humor.

Hope he has a wonderful birthday!!

bernthis said...

Never had a brother although, I could imagine if I did and I caught him in my bathing suit, I would not be a happy woman and would therefore run inside and put on jockstrap, oh wait, he would be too young to have one of those, well then I'd just be really pissed

tulpen said...

Awwww. Happy Birthday Buddy!

My daughter is too young to paint my son's nails... luckily for her, he likes to wear her dresses.

Malisa said...

Happy Birthday, sweet baby boy!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

wonder how he reacted to this tribute?!! :D
Belated wishes to him!!

Teresa Dawn said...

Lol! Does he read this???

Loukia said...

Aww, so sweet! Happy Birthday to your son! :)