July 8, 2008

Happy Birthday, Carter!

Originally uploaded by jenlemen
Our video game warrior turned seven today. It has been a big year for him, with a new school to navigate, teaching himself to read with the stack of Calvin & Hobbes books Mark & Meryl have been buying for him, and a growth spurt that transformed (or transmogrified) him from short to tall overnight. In other ways, he hasn't changed at all, but as he's grown has opened the window into his delightful personality a little wider. He still surprises me with the absurd little things that make him laugh, and he can still turn me to mush in an instant with a simple invitation to play, or a glimpse at how deeply he's feeling things beneath his normally cool, detached exterior.

Happy birthday, buddy. I'm very proud of you!