Friday, May 27, 2011

The Entertainer

If you've been reading you've know about my daughters and now I want to tell you about my sons. Today I want to tell you about my oldest son Caleb. I am so thankful for him!

Caleb's coming into the world was a healing touch after the loss of Ansley. He was born a year and 3 months after Ansley. And he has been a gift of laughter and joy from the beginning. I often said that if we had waited for his personality to emerge before naming him, he would have been named Isaac, which means laughter.

When he was barely two, I remember him seeing a slapstick scene on tv and bursting out in giggles. Caleb has always had a great sense of humor and kept us laughing. It is a rare day when he doesn't give me the gift of a smile.

Caleb also likes to play Scrabble with me. Or maybe I should say he likes to beat me at Scrabble. I think I had to start playing competitively with him when he was about eleven and it is a rare day when I can pull out a win. However, my game has improved ten-fold by learning from him and watching his strategies. I learn something new almost every time I play him. And it is just fun to sit and play and converse; if I am not drawing all vowels.

Caleb has an amazing memory for anything on video.  He could probably go on tour doing a one man show of "School of Rock". I think he's watched it at least 80 times. Unless you have a good 30 minutes or so, don't quote a line to him or he will verbally replay the movie to you. Since, that is one of my favorite movies, I don't mind and I often quote right along with him (though I am not as accurate).

Caleb is something of a math prodigy, also. I can remember trying to teach him how to do his math when I homeschooled him. He would say, "But Mom, can't I do it this way?" And he would have come up with another way to solve the problem that I hadn't considered and that wasn't covered in the textbook. But it would work. He never liked to show his work because he just "knew" the answer. He didn't know how to break it down any further. It seemed so simple.

Caleb doesn't let everyone know, but he has a soft spot in his heart. And though I don't get to see it as much as I did when he was younger, I sometimes catch a glimpse of it. That tenderness peaks out when he is taking care of his little brother or empathizing with Levi's hurts. It is enough to make this mother's heart melt.

Yeah, we have our conflicts too.  He is a procrastinator and that can drive me crazy at times. He likes to walk around while eating instead of sitting at the table. And, just like Taylor, he has significant eye-rolling skills. Still I love him and am proud of the young man he has become.

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