Raising a Son - With Humor
On May 26, 1976 (a birthday year celebration for our Country) my youngest son, and last child, was born. After four children it was decided we had enough to go around. Each of these beautiful children were a gift and I was proud to be their mother. Searching for baby boy names was not a problem, I had always wanted to name a son after my Dad. My first son was named after my husband so I thought it only fair that this one be named after my father and so began his story. I will not use his name to protect him and his career(this is the time to smile).
I wouldn't exactly consider his beginnings normal. As I was in labor waiting for the doctor to arrive the nurses were all telling me not to push. I must explain for those of you who have never had natural childbirth...when the baby is ready to arrive and your body is telling you to push, no amount of people saying "don't push" is going to stop things! As the doctor arrived, he took his position, picked up a pair of scissors and caught my son like a football as my son propelled himself from my body. He was in a rush that day and has been ever since.
This little guy had a charm about him you couldn't resist, that and the fact that his two older sisters thought he was their baby, made for an interesting childhood for my baby boy. Not only did they treat him like their baby, but they treated him like their toy. Now this is not to say I wasn't a good mother, its just to say I wanted everyone to love the new baby and not harbor any resentments...and remember he is the fourth of four children! I was only too happy to let his sisters get to know him better.
I have to admit, my little guy loved the attention the girls lavished on him. He did whatever they wanted him to do and never objected. The best part was he learned how to play with others and how to play with him.This little boy growing up learned to do everything with a sense of humor. In spite of the time he spent with his sisters, he was all boy! (He played Little League Baseball and JV and Varsity Football in high school.)
"Boys are under the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years." James Thurber...I think Mr. Thurber knew my youngest son. As a little one, this child could get into more trouble than any of the other three of my children put together. In the blink of an eye he could disappear and get himself into a heap of trouble.
For example, when my son was somewhere between the ages of three and five, he didn't believe clothes were a necessity. He would often sneak out of the house (we lived in a neighborhood where kids could go outside to play, unattended, at that time), with no clothes on at all. He thought nothing of running up and down the street that way. Now you may not think this is a funny situation but let me tell you what happened one day when he climbed a tree au naturale.
After getting to the top of a very high tree, he was afraid to come down and cried he needed help. My husband wasn't home at the time so I called a neighbor to come over and help. My neighbor stood at the bottom of the tree looking up with a puzzled look on his face. He turned to me and said, "Is that his bare bottom I see up there?" It most certainly was, my little boy had climbed that tree without a stitch of clothes on, that means no shoes or socks either. Since he was so high in the tree my neighbor knew it wouldn't hold his weight and began trying to talk my son down. It was times like these that cultivated my sense of humor, after all at this point all I could do was point my hands on my hips, turn my head and laugh. After the laughter, and the descent from the tree, all was well.
Through the Years
Tween to Teen
While his childhood was exciting for all of us, including his teachers, it is when he became a 'tween that things got interesting and his sense of humor began to truly blossom. I might mention here that he often tweeked my sense of humor as well. As I write I'm trying to think of which stories to include, its so hard to just pick a few.
We have a cockatiel and my youngest son, a true animal lover, had a lot of fun with our cockatiel named "Trouble". One day toward the end of his senior year, Senior Prank Time, he and a friend managed to somehow get hold of the PA system in his high school and my son announced, "Trouble is in the building...please be on the look out for Trouble". High schoolers were scratching their heads and trying to figure out that message!
Then there are his escapades as he got older. He worked for my sister-in-law in her deli/cafe and often helped with catering. They were catering a wedding one day and the rest of the group said to him that they had collected twenty dollars that they would pay him if he took his shirt off and went out and danced the Macarena with the wedding guests. Yup, he did. The bride and groom thought it was hilarious while some of there guests looked at each other and asked, "who is that guy?"
On another occasion at work, a collection was gathered and he was told if he would dance on the main road in his underwear they would give him the twenty dollars. He did, with only his underpants, apron and chef's hat, (this time he had shoes and socks on though). He went onto the main road juggling grapefruit in thirty-two degree weather....cars were beeping their horns and flashing their lights as they drove by laughing....I think this pre-dates the naked cowboy in Times Square.
Were any of your children truly mischievous?
One last thought...one Christmas when his girlfriend was with her family and he couldn't be there he decided to send her a photo of himself on his cell phone. Her grandmother was sitting beside her when she got the picture (she hadn't met my son yet) and was a bit shocked when she saw it....she did laugh though.
There are so many, many stories....oh, how about this one. My daughter and her husband were moving from an apartment into their first home. The two weren't very far from each other so the moving wasn't too difficult. While my daughter and son-in-law were taking some things to their new house my son decided to play a prank. He took the TV and put it in the bathtub. When my daughter and son-in-law returned they thought it had been stolen and called the police. A report was filled out by the officer that came to the apartment. Later, when we were all together and they told him what had happened, he exclaimed, "Oh no, didn't you look in the bathroom!"
He's a prankster and joker....he loves children and animals and they love him. He is always fun to be around and yet he has a serious, intelligent side too. He works for Homeland Security and is a Sergeant in the National Guard. He has been a blessing and a joy throughout my life and I love him dearly. Now, his wife is expecting a baby and we are all wondering. "what will their baby be like?" Will it have his sense of adventure? His twisted sense of humor? His overwhelming love for everyone and everything? I know one thing for sure, it will be an adorable baby and we are all going to love that baby!!
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