That’s my boy, and I love him.
Here he is again. He is flexing for his Daddi’s benefit on Skype. This family spends a lot of time on Skype as the Daddi is a pilot and has to travel with his work.
I was wondering how to introduce this Love of mine to you. My firstborn. The One I make all my mistakes on. The One that introduced me to Motherhood. The One that I gave birth to with a non-working epidural. The One that when I first laid eyes on thought, “He’s perfect. That is exactly what I wanted.” The One that can drive me crazy and melt my heart during the same day. How could I capture all that he is? And then I remembered something from a Sunday School Class from when we lived in Florida. The Wonderful Older Brother that was leading the class asked, “What does a boy do with something that he really loves?” And a mom correctly answered, “He takes it to bed with him at night.” “That’s it!” I thought. So after I dropped LBG (Little Big Guy) off at baseball practice, I came home, got my camera, and climbed up into his upper bunk to see what he stashed there. Now I rarely climb up to his bunk, so I had no idea what I would find. But as I saw each treasure he had stashed in his bed, I thought, “Yep, that’s my boy.”
Now let me introduce LBG (Little Big Guy) to you.
The edge of his bunk bed is lined with all his caps–mainly baseball, but he also has one of his Daddi’s work caps, and a cap from the Longshaw–a ship that went down during WWII. Our Mr. Ryan was on that ship, and he survived by swimming in the ocean for 12 hours. Clement loves the cap Mr. Ryan gave to him.
Displayed with his caps are some of his medals. These are mainly soccer medals. Along with the medals is a powder horn that I bought him at Williamsburg. LBG loves history–mainly the Civil War and WWII.
As I climbed up the rungs of his bunk bed, I had to notice the camouflage Duck Tape that I bought him last summer. It adorns every weapon he owns.
At the foot of his bed, is his STASH. And here is an intimate peek into his loves and life.
LBG bought these planes at the Yankee Air Museum with money he had saved up. He also talked his sister into saving her money and buying planes. Two things: he loves airplanes, and he is a good talker.
This is a remote-controlled helicopter that he was given at Christmas. Even though his sister flew it into the ceiling of the hotel room and broke on of its blades, he still loves it.
Next to the helicopter is his backpack filled with all his Boy Scouting stuff. He is in a well organized and very active Troop, and loves each Tuesday night when he gets to “hang with the guys.” On his backpack, I ironed on all his shooting/archery badges. When we have nothing else on the schedule for Saturday, his Daddi or his Boy Scout Leader take him to the Rod and Gun Club to shoot rifles, pistols, or bow and arrows. I think it costs about $4.00 for all the shells you can shoot, and he and his sister come home happy.
Wedged in between his Boy Scout backpack and his treasure box, I found this baseball. It was the game ball that he received last year, and he still values it.
Above his treasure box is his tank that he calls “Sherman.” He made this and carved the star on the side with the help of Mr. Ryan and his Daddi. The track going around the wheels is an old bicycle tire.
Now here is a peek into the utmost recesses of his loves–his treasure box. Two of his favorite Easter eggs–sports he loves, a plastic knife, a Little League bracelet, a potato gun, and a Children’s Encyclopedia on World War II. And do you see that piece of folded up paper? That is a play check made out to LBG for $1,000,000.
This book was on the lower bunk with his hat because he had been reading them. The army hat (from an Army Surplus Store and a gift from his aunt) was also on the lower bunk, but I moved it closer to the book for a better photo.
And underneath his bed are his favorite games–Monopoly, Risk, Memoir 44, and Battleship.
Soccer P.J.’s tossed on his airplane quilt finish the tour.
Yep, he’s all boy. Yep, he’s all mine. (Well, I share him with his Daddi). And thankfully, he gave his little heart to the LORD.
I. LOVE. HIM. MUCH.
Do your kids take the things they love to bed with them? or are their beds always made and tidy? Do your kids have a treasure box? or a secret “stash”? I’d love to hear your stories.
P.S. The book that LBG is reading in the first picture is Rackety-Tam by Brian Jacques. He has an excellent series. You can click on the links below if you are interested in any of the books or games pictured in this post.
Rakkety Tam (Redwall, Book 17)
The World Wars