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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mr. Earnest

Luke is my love bug. When we are snuggling in his bed (or mine), he is my bed bug. He makes my heart sing. Luke would spend the entire day by my side, doing lessons and projects or just hanging out. If I tell him that he can go play or do chores, he chooses chores. He wants to help. He wants to touch. He wants a hug. He wants to hang on me while I'm working. He wants to sit on my lap while we do lessons.

If I can't see or hear him, chances are something is being destroyed. There is not much in between. This boy is Curious George. What would happen if I scrape this pencil on this peeling paint? What would happen if I use these scissors on this shirt? How does this mechanical device come apart? Can I jump from here to there without killing myself? How does this electric tool work? What happens when I pour a whole bottle of liquid soap in the bathtub? Look at the cool dents in the wall I made with this metal pole....
Luke is a whiz at puzzles. He loves math. He reads like a champ. He doesn't play independently. He puts his arms around me and tells me that he loves me. He begs for snuggles. He is my only quiet child. He doesn't say a lot, but his facial expressions are worth more than words can say.
Luke thinks the best days in the world are the days his Daddy is home when he wakes up. His favorite activities are 'dirty jobs' with Dad. He also loves candy. His Daddy loves candy, too. Hanging out with Daddy means getting to eat candy and do 'dirty jobs.' It doesn't get any better than that, folks.
Luke says, 'Be careful, be careful!' every time he sees a blinking yellow light when we are driving. He also tells me when the speed limit changes, or when curves are coming, or when there is a dead end. He wants to know how much gas we have in the car. He wants to know what each gauge means. He wants to know if we have enough gas to get back to Disneyland.

He wants to know what is on my list when we are at the grocery store. Heaven forbid we go without a list.
Luke is very athletic, has a good sense of balance and what his body is capable of. He started riding his two-wheeled bike on his fourth birthday. He loves to play outside and get dirty, but he comes in shivering and asks for a 'hot tub'. The boy loves a hot tub. He also loves roller coasters.

Loving this boy feels like a roller coaster some days....



...but what a ride.

11 comments:

the good, the bad & the ugly said...

What a precious description. I feel like I know him. It is obvious you are a very proud, beaming Mom!!

Jennifer said...

I love this... and the photos tell so much about him. You have captured him beautifully.

SKELLER said...

Such a delightful little character study. I love not only what you said directly (and how you said it!), but what can be read thru the lines, too (I can almost see your expression as Luke asks question after question after question!!).

You're a good mom, Heidi. God knew what He was doing when he gave you these three...

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

yes, it truly is an amzing ride, isn't it? :)

Jared and Leah Davis said...

This is a beautiful post. I hope you are saving this for his scrapbook - I"m sure you both will enjoy reading it again some day!

Susan said...

You know what i love about your boys? THeir eyebrows. I love house the wrinkle them up. They could be either mad, or pinched or thinking. I just love that expression.

carole said...

So sweet! "A study of contrasts." Actually, Will is *very* similar, as my only son who regularly says, "I want to snuggle with you Mom."

Completely unrelated: I just finished reading Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell. It made me cry! (It's been a while since a book got me as teary as this!) Thanks for reviewing it - I wonder if I'd have ever come across it on my own.

Heidi said...

skeller~ Thanks. I needed that today. :)

Susan~ Funny you would mention that. Both Luke and Leif have the most expressive eyebrows!! It is one of my favorite things, too. :)

Carole~ I love getting feedback on my reviews. So glad you enjoyed that one. Touching, isn't it?!

Anonymous said...

I loved the descriptions of Luke's varying moods and abilities. I just so wish we lived closer to get in on all the fun. The pictures of him are incredible!! Grandma

Kambria said...

I'm really missing Poet's Garden today.....

Diana said...

(Hmm, hopefully this doesn't post twice. Anyways...) I was just catching up -- and coming out of lurkdom -- and I have to say that your Luke must be my 5-year old Mugger's twin! The similarities are eerie! Your Luke isn't taking up chess, is he?