Monday, December 29, 2008

Danny's ten today. We'll go out to the little zoo (Austin Zoo) later to celebrate. That is his favorite place to celebrate birthdays in good weather and today is lovely blue, in the sixties. I remember turning ten - 1960 - thinking about the change in decades and the change in me - feeling like it was an important birthday. I have a specific memory of sitting in a little dark wood rocker (in Joanna's house now) in my blue room in Houston, thinking these thoughts. I wonder what Danny will remember about today. Easier to know what I remember about Danny almost ten - eagerness on every level, specifically eagerness to learn despite struggles with dyslexia - love for what he can get from books ANYWAY - and the determination to be able to get much more of it himself, enthusiasm for life and love, generosity of spirit, sweet smile, warm hugs, love of the ocean and all things related there to, a tendency to burst into song, high capacity for empathy and thus a tendency to be upset when others are or to feel "stuck" between others' desires, needs, preferences, love of helping, especially in the kitchen, great adventurous appetite and love of good food, love of food period because of enormous growth spurt, long legs and arms that show off wrists and ankles more than we'd like because his clothes just keep getting smaller, beautiful honey colored hair, very much like Ruth's, a resemblance to pictures of has grandpa Kerry at the same age, good sense of style, love of word and card games, love of his family. Now I should stop listing and make said ten year old a cake. Bob has gone to get the Prius - what a thrill! I bet the birthday boy is the first invited to ride.

5 comments:

Ann said...

Happy Birthday, Danny and welcome to the new baby, your Prius.That's a beautiful tribute you have written to Danny. I hope you save it for him. Do Grammas do baby books for the grand ones? And does the car have a name yet!

Joe said...

The Prius is so tree-friendly that as your drive you'll often see trees by the roadside waving "Hello!" :-)

Mary said...

Happy birthday to Danny..a zoo seems like a fun place to celebrate a tenth birthday...nice that HE was probably the first one invited to ride in the new car on his special day. That would be something memorable for sure!

Judy said...

Happy Birthday to Danny. I think going to the zoo would be such a neat place to have a birthday celebration. Guess we don't have one near enough to have been an option for my kids.
How exciting to have a new car. I have read a bit about them since you and Bob decided on a Prius and they do sound really great. Getting a new car is so much fun.

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