(An update on Cooper)
(Boys and girls. Nothing like having one of each to appreciate the differences!)
When Hubbie and I were expecting our very first child, we didn’t know whether we’d have a girl or a boy. I wanted a boy. In my naivete I wanted a whole basketball team full of boys – and then maybe a girl later.
Well. After knitting little blue sweaters, I got a girl.
Appreciated having a girl. So when we were expecting another child, I though how nice it would be if she had a little sister! So I knit little pink sweaters.
And then we got a boy.
I will have to say that after each birth, my only thought was “How perfect!”
Now, I was more used to girls because as I was growing up, I had become the big sister of two little girls. I understood them, I knew all the subtle little things to expect.
But boys! That was a new experience! Straightforward. Direct. Practical. Honest. Not afraid to show delight. And their sense of humor is really funny.
So I offer you two “boy” samples. One is a joke. But it’s a boys’ type joke. Non-sentimental. Non-fussy. Just plain funny. (It’s all over the Internet, associated with the name of Corden, that’s all the attribution I can make.) Here it is:
A 16-year-old boy in Bosnia broke a world record this week by smashing 111 concrete blocks with his head in 34 seconds. When asked how it felt to break the world record, the boy said, “Lampshade tricycle is my favorite flavor of pizza truck.”
Ha ha ha ha ha ha . . . really appreciated that!
And now there’s another little boy in my life, Cooper, my grandson. Just returned from a trip to Portugal. Here he is, straightforward, direct, and matter-of-factly enjoying a visit with the pilot:
He excused himself from his airplane seat and knocked on the “pilot’s door” and had a nice long conversation about flying airplanes. He knows quite a bit about airplanes — he’s on his SECOND passport book right now. The first one got all filled up with stamps. The pilot came out after a while and gave his email address to his Cooper’s Mommy, offering to help in any way possible should Cooper ever want to become a pilot! He called Cooper “remarkable.”
My word exactly.
This little boy takes on the world exactly as it comes to him, an attitude that is frankly quite charming.
Hawaii? Just a place to express your joy.
I think he’s ready for the whole world.
(There’s a lot of “girl” still in me, but I’m learning a lot from observing the boys!)