Saturday, October 13, 2007

Happy 25th Birthday, Lil Bo

October 14, 1982, Glendale, California. It was a rough trip coming out into the light, you were angry, you cried and cried. And then you slept and slept for hours upon hours. You still like to sleep.

You bonded with your daddy immediately.

Yes, that's your pipe there in the grass. Taking a break from a smoke.

We trusted your sister, just 17 1/2 months older than you, to carry you up the mountains and hold on tight, not let you fall.

She loved you so much. Still does.

And you loved her so much that when she started school in Istanbul, you just waited for her to come home.

But when you began school in the US, we thought it was important for you to feel that you fit in. So we dressed you appropriately.

More bonding with Big Bo.

Oh yeah, this was the best birthday party ever. McDonald's. Stack the Big Mac boxes.
Were you thinking parasailing in this one?

Well, you landed hard.

But it didn't hurt your ability to run fast.

And make us all sing and dance.

I love you so much, my boy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


Raw Kale said...

How touching and hysterical all at once! What a lucky bo! Happy birthday:D You've had an exciting year- and they just keep getting better and better!

freefalling said...

Brought a smile to my face and my heart.
How wonderful it is to be loved so much.
(Plus we shall learn a little about your son's personality by how he reacts to the posting of the toilet photo!).

mystic rose said...

you look stunningly beautiful in the first pic up there.. i mean the mother.. sleeping!!!

And thats a heart warming story told in pics. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday to your son, and many years of love and happiness.

Rauf said...

Its a blessing to have wonderful loving and giving parents, it is a blessing to have such adorable children Ruth. The world is lucky to have such a loving family.

Happy birthday Peter, I wish you all the joy and sunshine, health and prosperity and specially for you all the creativity and imagination in the world. Its a blessing to be born in a creative family.

Proud Papa said...

What a precious little boy we had and what a wonderful young man he has become. Thank you Ruth for putting Peter's life into a mini photo synopsis. These pictures really show Peter's migration!I love you Bo! Happy birthday!!!

Ginnie said...

Oh how absolutely precious, Ruth (and Petooey)! I think your photo sequence, plus text, is one of the best tributes I've ever seen. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

(I have no idea how you spell Petooey, BTW!)

Peter said...

Thanks mom! I laughed so hard at some of those pics, especially the ones I have never seen before (toilet, ahem). Dad you said the pics show a migration, but looking at some of those early shots of me, I'm not sure how much I've actually changed...ha. What a great gift, this is the kind of present I LOVE much thought. I love you mom!

lesleyanne said...

i absolutely love this post, it brought tears to my eyes, and so much laughter and memories. we've been so lucky to grow up together, all of us.
happy birthday pete!!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy birthday.

Our oldest son was 25 in May.

Rauf said...

Ruth, i agree with Mystic Rose.
She is a mother of three herself, all three below ten. Lalitha, Vinayak (son) and youngest Shivani. There is a radiance on every mother's face. The beauty is enhanced year after year. The beauty judged by the yadstick of fashion and glamour industry is a lie. To a child even if he or she is 50 years old, mother is the most beautiful person in the world. i believe in mother worship. you have to remember one fact Ruth, all you mothers are 4.7 billion years old. You may have appeared 4 million years ago. But there were mothers before you. And you carry the torch and hand it to your daughter to take care of the children like me. When i saw your picture the first thought that struck me was oh she is 4.7 billion years old and still stunningly beautiful.

Ruth said...

Many thanks to each of you for your sweet comments. I'm glad you felt the love of this mother for her son, for her family. I count myself as the absolute luckiest woman in the world to have received the husband, daughter and son I have. And I think about it all the time, not just on their birthdays.

SnoopMurph said...

Hi-found your site from Theresa's blog. I love your photos and this post is just amazing-the progression. I too, thought "wow, a potty shot!" -wonder what he'll think of that!

I have two little, little boys and it makes me a little teary to see all the wonderful things to be.

I'll check back!

Amy said...

What a beautiful montage, Ruth -- great pics! I thorougly enjoyed the images and your commentary. Peter is a great guy and has the best ever sister and parents! :-) Happy Birthday, Peter!

DrowseyMonkey said...

Love this post! Happy Birthday :)

Ruth said...

Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment, SnoopMurph. Enjoy every minute of your boys lives at home. They'll be gone so soon. They grow up fast. Everyone says it, and it's true.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Amy. I agree with you about Peter and Lesley. It's nice to know your little guy is amazingly special too, eh? :)

Ruth said...

Thanks, DM. :)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, poor Peter! One photo on the toilet and another in what appears to be his underwear! I'm sure his girlfriend will loooooovvvveeee this post! :) Happy belated b-day to Peter. You do have excellent taste in parents!

Neva said...

What a touching post....I hope he loved it!

Ruth said...

Heather, good thing Peter has a great sense of humor. And yes, he and his girlfriend read it together and they both loved it. I guess I have a pretty forgiving son, eh? Hehe. But how could I NOT post those photos??

Ruth said...

Neva, thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment!

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

I realy had a good time by wathing this photo's, also I like knowing a bit more about people in your life, Thanks Ruth!

HI!:) Missed you,
I am back from my short trip to South of Italy, thanks for 'not forgetting me' I posted an overview of pictures from my holiday , soon more... Have a great sunday!!!

Greetings JoAnn:)

Ruth said...

I missed you too, JoAnn. I'm glad you're back safe. Can't wait to read about Italy, so jealous.