So, this is my kid.
It’s hard to believe that, nearly 13 years ago, he entered our lives and changed us forever. When he was born, we had just lost my father-in-law 3 months before to pancreatic cancer. We were all very sad and missing him dearly. Then this beautiful boy joined the world and began to help us heal from the pain we were feeling. He was a challenging baby, never slept. I swear I don’t think he slept much at all! But he’s making up for that now. “Just 5 more minutes, Mom.” Those are the words I hear every day when I go in to wake him up. :) OH, I GET IT! NOW you want to sleep. LOL He’s a great kid. Super sweet, extremely funny, and very cerebral with some of the things he comes up with. Some days, it’s like riding in the car with Jack Handy and Deep Thoughts though. LOL!! Recently, Iain took on a new responsibility at our house. He has started maintaining the lawn! It’s a teenage rite of passage. I remember when my dad showed me how to work the lawn mower and what an awesome feeling it was (for the first week) to cut the whole yard by myself. It was even better when they gave me money for doing it! Now, we’re doing the same thing for Iain. So, Iain didn’t want to use our gas-powered mower. He thought it was too loud and that it would be expensive to run with gas prices being what they are. He asked us if we would buy him a new lawn mower so, we did. Here is what he chose….
I have to tell you….I love cutting the grass with this myself. It’s hard to let Iain cut the whole yard on his own because I really enjoy using this mower!! It’s quiet and cathartic to get out there and mow the lawn. So far, Iain is enjoying it, too. We don’t have a big yard but he finds it challenging to cut the whole thing at once so we let him break it up into more manageable pieces. It’s his task and really, he can do it however he chooses, whatever suits him best.
It’s weird and awe-inspiring all at the same time to see this boy transforming into a teenager. His voice is changing now and he no longer sounds like the child he was just last year. I get a little teary-eyed whenever I think about it. But for now, I’m happy to have him here with me, sharing the job of cutting the grass. Whenever he’ll let me have a turn. ;) Oh, he has a brother and I’m going to blog about him soon, too.