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This is my entry this week in the mini-season of therealljidol, Exhibit B. Please read the many fine entries. This week we chose two topics. This was "When I Was Young."

I don't have time to wax fantastic. My son and husband are sleeping upstairs, and an alarm will go off in five minutes heralding the day. I will be expected to begin the whirlwind preparations to get our family out of the house in time to take a weeklong vacation. So without beating around the bush, here's what I wanted to say.

My son, at 3, is so much like me that I feel as if I have switched bodies. My parents tell stories about how much I talked, about how my dad once said to me when I was sick -- affectionately, though it might not sound that way to you -- "Oh, so that's what you look like with your mouth shut." My Kung Fu Panda keeps up a constant patter: a commentary on our life, as it moves around us, complete with songs and stories. I remember sitting in the back seat of our car, as we went somewhere, telling my family stories that I was sure they needed in order to be entertained during the trip. I wonder now if they simply tuned me out, much as they loved my silly self.

I used to showboat on a wide landing to the living room, which I called my stage, but my son does not need one. He shows off anywhere: recently trying out different emotions for me, as I called them out to him, to demonstrate his burgeoning acting skills.

KFP shows off his acting abilities

My mom says I used to burst into her room on a Saturday morning with a stack of books, demanding, "Read to me!" KFP is also a book lover, and like me, he memorizes his favorite books in order to "read" them out loud. My parents say they used to wonder if I was actually reading until they tested me with a book I had not yet read. I couldn't read it. KFP loves to "read" his books aloud, and lately, he's gotten so good at remembering the words that if I didn't know any better, I'd think he was actually reading it.

KFP reading "A Big Guy Took My Ball" by Mo Willems

I wish I had more time to talk about all the ways he amazes me, like adopting the baby doll who served as our "stunt baby" for the Baby and You class my husband, The Gryphon, and I took while I was pregnant. He's named her Fiesta, and he coddles her with a gentleness I hope he will possess forever. I'd like to think I am equally nurturing, that he gets his ideas about being a good parent from me.

In these precious few seconds before the house comes alive and the day's chaos begins, let me speak directly to my boy. If you are like me, you may sometimes trust people for the wrong reasons, or love someone who doesn't love you back. Have faith that true love will find you, and while you may have to learn to recognize users, don't give up on everyone. There is goodness out there.

You are creative, and creativity is both a blessing and a curse. You might struggle to find a way to achieve something with your talents, but you will also feel driven to keep creating no matter what. Take it from me: art is its own reward. Don't ever give up on using it to express itself, whether or not you can make a career of it.

You may not always see the world the same as others see it. You may not agree about the stereotypes about men and women, young and old, fat and thin, etc., etc. Don't give in to ignorance: don't let it kill the parts of you that feel genuine and right. Be the person you believe you are, and forget about the naysayers.

Keep telling stories, even when you think no one is listening. Our stories power this great, revolving orb. Songs are the electricity of life.

No matter where you are, I am with you. My DNA, my breath, my life.

Feeding Fiesta
KFP feeds Fiesta.

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( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
He is adorable and this so sweet. :)
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! I adore him. Is it obvious?
Jul. 15th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
He is just too cute for words! This was very sweet.
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was the thing that came most naturally to write quickly.
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
He is growing up so fast! This is lovely.
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 20th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks I never think he's that much better until I compare him now to pictures of him a year or more ago.
Jul. 18th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
This is very sweet! It reminds me so much of my youngest, too, who did and does like to talk so much that when he was around 14-16 months, he'd fill in sentences with nonsense syllables, like "Truck kamenanana train."

And it does sometimes wear out my ears. Wow. But he is entertaining as all heck, just like your KFP. Who looks like a potential lefty in this last picture here. :)
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 20th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
When he was really little, I pegged him for a lefty, too. Since then he's proven more ambidextrous. Your youngest sounds a lot like KFP, who's been talking since before he knew any words!
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
Aww, he's adorable. :)
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 20th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think he is.
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Watching my kids grow up brought back a lot of my childhood memories. KFP is soooo cute! AW
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 20th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Yes, it's amazing how many memories surface, just watching him play.
Jul. 19th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
The picture of KFP feeding Fiesta is so sweet!
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 20th, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks. I love that he's adopted her, because she was his stand-in when we were learning to swaddle and change diapers.
Jul. 20th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Your son is adorable. I loved this piece.
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 20th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. KFP keeps me smiling.
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