TODAY’S BREW: All Of It.
I have this kid, Bennett. He’s 7, and the most perfect child that ever was. This week is his Star Student Week at school. Every kid in his class gets a week dedicated to them with an activity that centers around them every day. A big poster we made to show all the things that are important to him, I get to go read to his class one day, the class puts together a scrapbook of things they love about Bennett, stuff like that. Today I get to write a letter to him that gets read aloud to the class by his teacher, telling him all the things I love about him. SO HARD. Because the Amazing just rolls off this kid like rain off a windshield that’s had that Rain-X stuff put on it recently.
I SHALL LIST SEVERAL THINGS THAT ARE INCREDIBLE ABOUT THIS KID IN A HALF-LIST, HALF-RANT THING POST HASTE.
1) Every night at bedtime the kid says he’s thankful for me, “Dada,” his dog and his brother, even if his brother has been absolutely awful to him all day.
2) The child is exceptional in EVERYTHING on his report card. EVERYTHING. He’s gifted with graphs, understands social studies at an advanced level, reads like a voracious dinosaur eats humans, writes and revises at 7. AT SEVEN. He has exceptional team playing abilities in gym. He has above average understanding of science and how it applies to his world. He has great computer skills. He’s a pleasure to have in class as a role model. That’s my kid.
3) The boy has no trouble telling me he does not want to go to school functions or do extracurricular stuff. He does so without whining. He tells me like an adult would tell you that’s just not their bag, baby.
4) He’s a leader in school, stands up for his friends, and is loved by every kid in his class.
5) The child is obsessed with Lemony Snicket. He doesn’t want to read this Magic TreeHouse bullshit, which we both found dull. The kid likes books with strife, complexity, not always the happy ending, and smart, multi-dimensional characters. Little mastermind.
6) THIS IS IMPORTANT. The child has said the word “asshole” once. This is the context in which he did, at age 5:
“Why did the dog kick the turkey?”
“Because he was an asshole.”
Tell me that’s not the best joke you’ve heard all day and you’re lying to yourself.
7) The child will hug and kiss everyone in the family so much that it’s overwhelming.
8) He shares like a summabitch.
9) He’s so sensitive he’ll actually turn off the TV and entertain his brother so that “Mama can have some peace and quiet,” WHEN I DON’T EVEN ASK FOR IT.
10) He curls up under a blanket in fuzzy pajamas with me whenever he can.
11) He threatened the life of a child about twice his size at the Pump N’ Jump for calling his baby brother a jerk.
12) He’s obsessed with As Seen On TV products. His latest obsession is the Chillow.
13) He does these crazy awkward dances because he knows they make people uncomfortable, and he laughs about it.
14) The child will go to the toy store just for fun and never ask for a toy. Now his brother does the same thing.
15) He loves pizza as much as I do.
16) He looks like the lost Kennedy and makes girls twice his age blush with his beauty.
17) He goes to bed every single night without a fight.
18) He’d rather be home. Whatever the thing there is to do, he’d rather be home with his family, watching movies or playing Legos.
19) He works like an animal on his homework to make it perfect.
20) He calls marshmallows “smarshmallows” still.
21) He’s an amazing artist. Another place he’s been called “gifted.”
22) He cuddles with his brother constantly, and kisses him and hugs him every chance he gets.
23) He’ll tell you all day that whatever you’re eating smells great, but he’ll never try new foods. This fascinates me.
24) He makes the right decisions at the right times. He saves his wrong decisions for crap like making the most annoying noise ever when we’ve asked him not to 78 times.
25) He’s unbelievably, beautifully, wholeheartedly his very own person and is determined to be just that.
Bennett and I are ridiculously attached to each other, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s no better person on earth to be attached to, and he’s only getting better.