Small Children and Mountain Gorillas

Tomorrow is son #1’s birthday and the beginning of his last year as a twenty-something. He now qualifies as meme fodder.

It seems only yesterday (it may sound trite but it’s true) that he was a happy little guy in footy pajamas,

who liked nothing better than to read a book with his dad.

When he got very tired, he’d get cozy with Mr. Fox and his favorite ball.

Pretty soon he began to act out stories with his dinosaurs (on the charming couch that came with the house we rented),

And before we knew it he was a Ninja Turtle saving the world — or his baby brother. Can you spot the little guy waving in the background of this photo?

“He is four and a half and possesses that deep gravity and seriousness that only small children and mountain gorillas have ever been able to master” (Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys).  Here’s to being young — even at the ripe old age of 29! Happy (almost) birthday, dear James. Just remember, the best is yet to come!