Sunday, December 09, 2007

Proud

You wouldn’t have had any difficulty picking him out, if you’d been there. He was the kid who clutched a book securely with one hand through the entire Christmas pageant.

He was also the kid who held his battery-operated “candle” up to one eye instead of raising it aloft, scowling at it thoughtfully as he examined the way the light burst from the centre of the bulb.

He was the kid who turned his tambourine into a frame, holding it up to his neighbours’ faces so that they were captured in the red plastic semi-circle.

He was the kid who was once too shy to leave for Sunday School without clutching his mother’s hand, yet today managed to move on and off the stage six different times without crying, panicking, or breaking away from the group.

He was the kid who held up the two “L’s” in H-O-LL-Y, watching his neighbours carefully to ensure that he raised and lowered his letters in perfect synchronization.

He was the kid whose face lit up when his sister walked onstage with three other two-year-olds, clutching a rope and wearing a black plastic bowler hat. He was the kid who laughed supportively, though without comprehension, when the Mayor gestured to the toddlers saying, “I’m here with my Press Corp.”

He was the kid who broke into a shy, delighted grin when the children’s hip-hop routine was met with a roar of applause.

He was the kid whose mother couldn’t stop brushing away happy tears.


That's my boy.

66 comments:

Pieces said...

Oh, my heart is swelling in my chest. What a wonderful experience.

MAGIRK said...

Beautiful! What a perfect post.
What a perfect experience!

Maddy said...

Some things are definitely worth waiting for.
Best wishes

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Emily said...

Oh, that is just awesome. He must have worked so hard.

cinnamon gurl said...

Awwww... way to go Bub (and Pie)!

Veronica Mitchell said...

Well done, little Bub.

Julie Pippert said...

Wonderful! Isn't it awesome when they just blossom and bloom?

Julie
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Mary Joan Koch said...

How wonderful! Watching him blossom should make you so proud of him and of you.

the dragonfly said...

Aww, how wonderful! And that's a fantastic picture, too!

What a cutie. :)

Patois said...

I'm brushing right along with you.

flutter said...

and what a boy he is.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, sweet! I felt I was there, I could see it so vividly.

Jaelithe said...

Aww, good job, Bub.

Becky said...

I am probably hormonal, but happy tears just came to my eyes. That was beautiful... :)

Rose Daughter said...

that was wonderful, he must have worked so hard. Congratulations

Cyndi said...

What a big guy! He looks so cute in his little sweater! You should be very proud.

Blog Antagonist said...

What a magical moment that must have been. Good for Bub. Proud happy Mama tears are the sweetest kind.

Karen said...

hey - I recognize that feeling - you've earned it.

slouching mom said...

Now I'm a little weepy!

Beautiful photo.
Beautiful boy.

I'm so happy for him and for you.

Catherine said...

Wow, you MUST be proud. I'm glad you shared this with us. You describe him so vividly!

Interesting, I also wrote a post today that ended with italicized "that's my boy!" but I'm not posting it for a day or two...

Magpie said...

So sweet.

Mayberry said...

BRAVO, Bub!

Mad Hatter said...

This post made me feel happy all over. Go Bub!!!

Sue said...

Sniff. Lovely. What a perfect picture.

Poppy said...

I can feel your pride while reading your words.

Congrats Bub!! Job well done~

Don Mills Diva said...

What a lovely post. I feel inexplicably proud of him myself.

Jenifer said...

Wow that is awesome, way to go Bub!

bgirl said...

this post left me beaming with eyes welled up. i love the way you describe this performance through bub's experience. i'm smiling at the book clutched in his hand...the candle...the laughing love this boy!

yay bub! big cheers for you and how hard you worked for each precious moment.

sounds like you got an early christmas gift mama!

Terri said...

Awww, this is a great post. I almost cried myself. Way to go, Bub!

Mardougrrl said...

all of his internet aunties are proud too! This post brought a big lump to my throat. What a beautiful post.

nomotherearth said...

Good job Bub! Wow he looks like such a little man in that photo!

Susanne said...

Sniff! And yeah, he must have worked really hard for this. And double cute because your children were in it together.

Suki said...

My god, how very, very wonderful!

Bub looks so happy in that picture, you sound so happy in this post, I'm sure Pie was happy too :D.
I love the way Bub thinks out of the box, lol!

Niksmom said...

Happy Tears, indeed. Sounds like he is blossoming like a Christmas Cactus! :-) (In case you don't know what a Chr. Cactus is, that's a compliment! :-) )

Jenn said...

Oh dear.

Tears stinging my eyes.

He's radiant.

DaniGirl said...

Oh, oh -- warn a girl, will ya? One needs to have kleenex ready to read a post like this.

Yay, Bub! The Internets are so proud of you!

DaniGirl

Kathryn said...

Such a big, brave boy now. Yeah Bub!

Laural Dawn said...

That was beautiful!!!
And... I'm glad I'm not the only mom who cries at these events.

Bon said...

oh, i've got my own happy tears, for him and you and well, just everyone.

he is so lovely. glad it was such a good time.

Christina said...

I'm so happy for you! Sounds like the perfect Christmas pageant.

Yay for Bub!

Mary G said...

Well done, Bub. And well done, mama to have brought him to the point where he can do it and enjoy it. Yes, indeed, perfect post and perfect evening. Love it.

Christine said...

is is amazing.

he totally gets that amazing-ness from you.

kgirl said...

lots to be proud of :)

Beck said...

Oh, my HEART. Good work, Bub.

AB said...

What a sweet, sweet face!


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Julie @ Letter9 said...

Aw. I love the tambourine thing. How cute. And, um, toddler hip hop? Really? I need to see me some of that.

Janet said...

I love the Christmas concerts so very much. It sounds like they both did a fantastic job!

Mac and Cheese said...

Awww, so sweet.

Robbin said...

Beautiful.

Kyla said...

Oh Bub, way to go!

Victoria said...

Aww -absolutely lovely. Teary moms make me teary for them. =)

JustJessie said...

What a great memory. There's nothing like seeing them on stage the first time. A very proud moment indeed.

Mimi said...

Yay Bub! And, you know, I think he's got your smile ...

Lawyer Mama said...

Oh, G! You've made me cry some tears of happiness of my own. Your pride and wonder just shines through in your words.

Angela said...

And what a proud momma you are. Sweet moments

KAL said...

Oh... beautiful.

Steve said...

Great job, Bub!
There should be a word besides 'tears' for those 'happy tears' you shed. It's such a unique feeling to have such pride that it shows visibly in streaming happiness.

Lisa b said...

Awwww. I loved reading this. I can only imagine how you felt.
I have to tell you, that kid, the one holding up the tambourine to frame his neighbours, though I am always correcting him, he is always secretly my favourite student.

painted maypole said...

so sweet.

Heather said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I can feel the pride and joy emanating through your words.

Redneck Mommy said...

I got a little weepy for you. I'm so happy for both of you.

Maddy said...

No updates! [popped over because I decided that my feed reader must have gone on strike and that I must be a nincompoop] O.k. I get it, I saw the post about busy, busy, busy, worky, worky, worky...clearly I am still a nincompoop.
Wishing you three more hours in every day.
Cheers

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Stimey said...

After reading this, I'm so proud of him too. What a wonderful thing!!

MamaDrama said...

oh I needed some happy tears today! Way to go Bub!! And I know for you that it was much more than just mama pride--what a huge relief and sense of accomplishment and "it's going to be ok, he can do things like this" as he nears the next stage of his life.

Omaha Mama said...

He is beautiful.
And you made me cry.

Seems like a perfect place and time for a Thank You Jesus!

kittenpie said...

That's coming a long way, Bub. Good stuff.