Friday, March 25, 2011

The Boy

The boy and his fishing spear

My son is fourteen, almost fifteen. I don't talk about him much in this space. He's older and more often than not off galavanting with his peers. Gaggles of teenagers don't much like camera toting mamas two steps behind.

But this week has been different. It's spring break. The girls are visiting my folks and the boy stayed home. Most of his friends are gone -- off to San Francisco and other exotic places. Thus he's been hangin' with me. It has been nothing short of lovely.

This morning, at the boy's request, we got up early and went to an estate sale. He bought a set of bull horns (as in horns of a bull) that just crack me up. I came home with several treasures which I am falling in love with. I'd best list them soon before they end up as permanent parts of this clutter home decor.

Anyway back to the boy. This afternoon his friend came over and they built a fire in the chiminea. Their original plan was to catch a quail and roast it. Can you tell they are totally into Survivor Man?

Quail are fast little buggers and there were none to be caught. Were the boys defeated? No. Their plan simply morphed. They carved fishing spears and, as I type, are at the river spearing dinner.

It will be okay if said dinner never arrives. You see I have store bought fish waiting in the fridge. When the boys tire and finally come inside we'll cook together -- fish and chips.

I have to tell you. It warms my heart to see him out there. Active. Exploring. Thinking. Doing. Such a beautiful use of time.

I wish all days could be like today.


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Things I'm loving today:
  • The boy's outfit; a mama knit hat, thrifted pendleton flannel and blue jeans
  • The smell of a campfire in my backyard (makes me feel like I'm on vacation)
  • Exciting vintage finds; fans and suitcases and jars -- oh my!
  • Teaching the boy to cook (hopefully he'll leave this house with a modicum of culinary finesse)
  • The sun streaming in through the back window after a day of snow flurries
  • Fantasies about a potential summer road trip, trailer in tow
  • And, finally, sitting in my chair with a delectably warm computer on my lap and a cat on the arm rest. Ah! This is the life!


Laurie Jacobsen said...

Beautiful post Shalet!!! So wonderful to have this time with your son. As one who recently had her's fly the coop - I can't tell you enough how much I wish I had those times together again. He sounds like a fantastic human being - what fun!

Shalet said...

Thank you Laurie! Not much time left before he, too, flies the coop. I'm trying to savor every moment!

Kerri Renee said...

Your son sounds wonderful. I don't want mine to get bigger, yet I can't wait to see the person he will become. He is already an amazing character. Thanks for sharing, and I hope your weekend rules! <3

Shalet said...

Oh Kerri Renee -- it's so cliche but they grow so fast. The important thing is to appreciate the moments.

Tammie said...

i love this. your boy seems like such a good guy.

Anonymous said...

they grow up so fast don't they..

Shalet said...

They do grow up so fast. And Tammie -- yes -- he really is a good guy. We got tremendously lucky in that lottery!