Thursday, April 7, 2011

4 year olds rock

Someone wise once said "4 year olds rock." Maybe it was me that said it; in any case, whoever did was right--they do. Today my Eli is 4 years old. I remember thinking about this day, wondering how weird it would feel to be the mom of a 4 year old when Adam graduated. But here we are, almost fully functioning adults, and it is not weird. It is awesome. Because, again, 4 year olds are awesome. In the last year, Eli has gone from making me feel like I am constantly treading water, to making me feel like there are few people in the world that I would rather sit down and chat with than my own son. He is fun, funny, conversational and witty and hard to keep up with in a totally awesome, extra calorie burning (no longer frustratingly, mind numbingly difficult) way. I love Eli for everything he does to remind me of my husband, whom I also adore. I see absolutely nothing of myself in him. But as I listen to him rattle off quirky made up songs, stubbornly insist on doing things his way (which more often than not turn out to be pretty creative and ingenious,) be a clothes hater, and run circles around me (literally) and everyone else I feel like I get a window into what my husband's childhood must have been like. And at worst, that is humorously frustrating, but at best totally hilarious, interesting and endearing. I am so happy that Eli is in our family. He pretty much makes us what we are. And I like what we are. Love you E.


Britten & Chelsea Maughan said...

Happy Birthday E- maybe you can read this since you didn't want to talk to listen to me tell you happy birthday on the phone. Looks like a blast of a party actually!

Olivia said...

So I kept telling the girls it was almost Eli's birthday and then I totally forgot to call on the actual day. Chelsea, you are the better aunt, but we already knew that. It looks like he had a fun party. 4-year-olds are a lot of fun. Probably my favorite age for kids. We love you Eli and we can't wait to see you when you join us back East!