SavageDood turned six this past weekend. We celebrated by going to a water park. He loved it-especially jumping off of the shipwreck into 7 foot deep water. Bring the kid to a lake, pool, or ocean and he’s fearless. Since he’s my youngest ChildSavage, his birthday has made me introspective. Only for about 15 seconds a day though, before SavageDood finds me and interrupts any thought I have with his particular brand of chaos.
He is chaos. He has taken everything I know about parenting and turned it inside out and upside down. I don’t talk about this often, but he has sensory processing difficulties. He craves motion and holds his ears for flushing toilets. He can run in circles for hours, but has to have tepid food. He will jump into virtually any body of water, but gets scared at the MGM Lion. Feeding him is different, entertaining him is different, disciplining is different. HE is different. SavageDood is an amazing, terrifying, everlasting, kinetic ball of energy.
And deep in this Energizer Bunny of a child, is the most kind, gentle, loving heart. He’s the king of random sayings in our home. At any point during the day he’ll come to us,
“So, why do tornadoes spin?” “So…Dad? How does gravity work?” “Why do they call them cars?”
“Mom? Umm…I love you.” or “I just want to spend some time with you and cuddle.” *heart melts*
This is all. day. every. day.
The other week, coming home from swim, we were admiring the crepe myrtles. In case you don’t know, they’re these flowering bushes That are often shaped to look like flowering trees. They’re really pretty when they’re blooming. SavageDood, looked up at one then said, “I wish I could reach those flowers, Mama, so I could pick them for you.” Man, this kid is good! If he keeps that sweet streak up; he will be the ideal boyfriend!
Granted, I may not be able to get him out of the house to date. “Mom, I am going to live here with you, forever!” “What if I move away and don’t tell you?” I asked? “Then I will look and search the entire world until I find you!” Oh boy, we just entered creepy stalkerville. Easy there Norman Bates-we will work on your lady skills.
I wonder how he will grow up. What he will be. What he will do with this unique brain of his. He is a ball of contradictions, but I know whatever he path he takes will be interesting.
Happy Birthday my wonder-ful, literal, spirited, adoring, whirlwind of a SavageDood!