Do you want to know the last time I laughed out loud for a long period of time?
It was Sunday afternoon. Fighting the glooms, that always threaten to overtake me on cold and early-dark Sundays. (Sunday Night-itis, if you will) Cassidy gave Scarlet a bath. I gave Des a bath. Business as usual. Scarlet and Cassidy were having a bit of an argument in the next room, and my back was turned folding a towel and putting clothes away. If we all had looked earlier, we would have laughed earlier, to see Des completely naked with his hair waved around his head like A Flock of Seagulls and he was pushing his shopping cart while buck naked. It was the way he was moving – naked, confident, clearly new on his feet..
I made a video of it later, when he was in a diaper. Just picture a naked baby pushing a toy shopping cart past the doorway of an argument in a bedroom. It swiftly and silently ended the argument. This is the cleaner, safe for blog version of events:
Have I lost you to cuteness overload yet? How about the same scenario with rainbow-striped jammies:
If you’re still breathing here, how about I up the ante and give you Scarlet in the same scenario, but with monkey pajamas?
She was 2 1/2 there. And oh so squishable. It’s hard to contain yourself when you see young videos of your kids, isn’t it? I imagine that it only gets worse. Des is only a day older than he is in the above two videos, and I see them and I want to hug him.
I always will.
For now, I make it linger in videos and photos. It makes the whole time-slipping-through-my-fingers thing a little easier.
Like this “Evolution of Cute Family Photos in Ten Steps”:
Step 1. No one knows where to look!
Step 2. Avoid the photobombing dog.
Step 3. They’re wondering what’s in it for them. Is it time to ask for bribes?
Steps 4, 5 and 6. Smother your brother.
Step 7. “I love you but I love my red ball more.”
Steps 8, 9 and 10. Someone is making us laugh so hard, we’re starting to look maniacal.
And Step 11 is that Des wants me in the photo too:
And that, everyone, is my career path. In a nutshell.
Speaking of which, there’s my other career too. Writing. There is some exciting news regarding The Mother Of All Meltdowns.
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And now… turkey time. Or as I really look forward to – mashed potatoes time.