“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Monday, March 20, 2006
My Clown Prince
If I had to compare Wesley to any fictional character, it would be Calvin from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes." Just look at him, striped shirt, goofy expression. The only thing he needs is a stuffed tiger.
Yesterday was a good day because we got to hang out. We were getting a bite to eat when Courtney offered to take a picture of me and Wes with her new camera phone. She took several; these were the most normal.
After lunch, Larry went to run errands with Lucas and Wes, Courtney, Alex and I went to the bookstore. I bought a book, some parchment paper and Wes and I went in halves on a beautiful quill pen for Courtney. It's so neat to see him do nice things for her, to treat her so well. It's no mystery to me why he loves her so much. Wesley and I are so similar in humor and temperament and she and I get along famously.
While she and I continued oohing and aahing over the Crane & Co. stationery, leatherbound Italian journals and art books, Wesley and Alex took off for another part of the store. Courtney took this picture of them together. Wesley was reading Alex ghost stories. He's such an awesome big brother.
Back over at the stationary section, some sample words from a magnetic poetry kit were stuck on the side of a metal display. Courtney and Alex challenged Wes to compose a poem using the limited words. Here's what he came up with.
I know a lot of people say that kids are the most fun when they are young, but grown children can surprise and delight you as much as they did when they were tiny. They just do it in different ways.
Wesley has always been creative. He draws beautifully, writes poetry and is doing some journaling. But seeing him do something like this on the spur of a moment really makes my spirit soar in a way that's hard to describe. I don't know what I did to deserve this kid, but it must have been good...