Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Allow me to introduce you to my kids. Names have been changed to protect the inno....well, um...they've just been changed, ok?
First born Diana is so named for the goddess of the hunt. She is nearly 15 and already has had 2 successful deer hunts. Her proudest moment was bagging a beauty of an 8 point buck, in the first hour of the first day of her first hunting season and having 8 huge, strapping lifelong hunters bow at her feet when she showed them. She is also a self described trumpet playing band geek whose second proudest moment was marching in Giant Stadium. She has an analytical mind that will tear to shreds anyone who dares challenge her logic with an inferior brand of their own. When she was 4 I made the mistake of asking which part of 'No' she did not understand. She looked at me and said, "The nnnnn." Guns and a withering logic....oh yeah, I am praying for her future husband already!
Calypso is 12. She was born on the island of Trinidad and will proudly tell you that as a dual citizen she could grow up to be President of the USA or PM of Trinidad and Tobago. Music drives her and her tastes range from Beethoven to Elvis to the Doors to current pop. She has played violin, piano, clarinet and oboe. Her proudest moment was singing an acapella version of 'Ain't No Sunshine' that made a previously politely attendant audience erupt in wild applause. When she was 4 she aspired to be a pediatrician and a bellydancer when she grew up........Anybody else hear the old 'Enjoli' commercial?....."I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never ever let you forget you're a maaaaaan........."
Isaac is 10. The name means laughter. This kid makes me laugh every single day. He's funny and he knows it, but it is not over the top funny. He has a dry delivery that is beyond his years.
He loves to draw, write, climb and jump. If I can't find him, I usually go outside and look up. Curtains, trees, walls, cliffs, buildings..it doesn't matter, if he can climb it and then jump off he is happy. The higher the better. He has also offered the observation that the dirtier he comes back from playing, the more fun he has had. I certainly can't argue with that. He hates public acknowledgement so his proudest moment is any time he can get the family to snarf their beverages through their noses or spit food across the table at dinner because of some joke he has cracked.