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Speaking of Birthdays - Livin' the Good Life

Mar. 28th, 2010

11:46 am - Speaking of Birthdays

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Happy birthday to Damian!! He's 32 years old and doin' fine! He has certainly become "the man to contact" when anyone needs a bass player in this area. That makes him happy, since being a busy professional musician is his goal.

Whenever one of our sons has a birthday, I spend some time reflecting back to the day of their birth. I do it because it gives me this lovely, warm feeling, since all of their births were unique and wonderful. Then I think about how that particular kid was as a baby and a child. I love to do this because it invariably gives me that pleasant "AWWW.... he was SO cute!" feeling. Damian was no exception. By the time I had Damian, I was pretty unflappable when it came to babies. It's a good thing, too, because Damian could be challenging. But, when he took every book out of the bookshelf on a daily basis or rode his kiddie car through rain puddles with his shoes on, I really thought it was no big deal. In fact, by baby number three, I just about thought everything they did was adorable. I could appreciate the fact that they were new to this world and NEEDED to explore and experience it with all their senses. My job was to keep them safe and to guide them away from harm. And of course, a pile of books on the floor, or wet shoes on a kid, certainly did not constitute "harm". A quick game of "putting back the books" or popping a muddy child in the bath while setting soggy shoes by the heater was just part of an ordinary day with children. I expected it.

Here is one of those adorable moments with Damian
baby dooley

And, yes, I was "playing horse" back then, too! Awww... my little Damie Doo!
baby dooley 2

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From:ext_120870
Date:March 30th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
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Until reading this, I was thinking I must be the only one who reflects back on the birth experience with each of my sons' birthdays. It's tradition. My sons sometimes groan as I tell their story, because by now, they have some of my lines memorized.

I can so relate to Damian taking all the books out off the shelves...that part of parenting made me tired, but looking back, I would give just about anything to go back to those days.
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From:nathenlester
Date:March 30th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
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Damian has Grandpa Bob's smile, exactly, in that second photo!
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