It’s time, once again, to take a few moments out to celebrate the milestones of Mr. Maxwell. Somehow our mild-mannered, sweetly-sleeping baby has become this long-legged, daredevil of a boy, as I’ve mentioned recently.
Yesterday he drew his best and worst dreams (thanks to his sister’s book club activity for The BFG). On the left you’ll see his best dream ever, which reportedly features him sprouting many new arms and legs. On the right is his worst dream ever, the notorious “chased-by-monsters” dream. He says he fell off a cliff at the end too, yikes!
This great big boy is so full of stories, my mornings are often spent sipping coffee and simply listening. Listening and watching his chubby Fred Flintstone feet pace in circles around me. He is compelled to move while he talks, whether he is sharing a dream or a story or an adventure from preschool. If he’s seated when a brilliant idea occurs to him, he makes us all wait while he hops down to the floor. I can’t decide if this story-teller-in-motion quirk is my favorite.
It’s difficult to top his random acts of tenderness. Out of the golden haze of a summer afternoon, whether everyone is reading their own book or shooting one another with water guns, Max is will suddenly stop, smile at me, and give me a kiss, a loud, sloppy, puppy kiss on whatever part of me he’s closest too. Often he kisses my elbow. Sometimes my belly. Once my toe. He always follows up with a grin and the matter-of-fact declaration, “I like you.”
I believe the world would be a better, happier, less conflicted place if everyone lived with a smiling little boy full of stories and declarations of, “I like you.”
But wait, this is his turn to share a few of his own words.
1. What are your favorite things to do?
Play ipad Superhero Squad… Play tag with you (mom)… and, um, eat cupcakes!
2. What do you like to eat? Broccoli and dip, cheetohs, and pickles.
3. What do you dislike eating?
Cow, lettuce, and toys.
4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A builder guy so I can help the builder guys.
5. What will/did you do on your birthday?
A family party at home and then a week at the lake celebrating with EVERYONE!
6. Who is in your family?
Me, dad, mom, Elliot, Maya
7. What is your favorite color?
All the colors.
8. What is your favorite toy and why?
The Rescubot Transformer guys I got for my birthday.
9. Who is your best friend?
Maya and Elliot and Miss Cindy and Beckett and some boys at school.
10. What is your favorite thing to wear?
The monkey climbing up the city.
His King Kong shirt.
11. What is your favorite television show? Movie?
12. What is your favorite book?
The Giving Tree.
Which is funny, given my conflicted feelings about this book.
13. What is your favorite song?
Pop see co. From
14. What is the best thing someone could give you?
15. If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?
16. What is one new thing you would like to try this year?
Have another birthday!
17. Finish the sentence, “the most important thing about Max is…”
Max says: Mommies, because I like you.
Maya says: He’s awesome and his burps are cool.
Elliot says: no comment.
Dad says: His cool stories about his dreams, his hugs and kisses (wow, we think alike!) and his laugh.
But, according to his mother, the most important thing about Max the amazing way he’s opening up to the big wide world right now. He has a magical year of being four ahead of him, and I’m looking forward to being part of that magic every step of the way.