22 June 2010

young men

my man-child was promoted from the eighth grade last night... i adore alex - he and i regularly go back and forth, but we are supposed to... he is kind and loving... he doesn't yet know his potential... but i am trying to show him... the type who doesn't care much for school, frustrates his teachers to tears because they know he can do more, but problems solves real life situations easily, can take things apart or put them together... who thinks outside of the box... sounds like a great start to me! now if we can get him to use a notebook in high school we'll be off to a great start (do not get me started!)...

he would NOT let me get a picture yesterday in his gown... kept putting his hand up so i couldn't get a shot... i caught him because i said i was going out to start the car! ha!

i like this shot - better than a still... i can hear him laughing as he tries to get by me... 

'may you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true.
may you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you.
may you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong.
may you stay forever young.'
~ bob dylan

love you, a  from your always proud mama... 


  1. Part of me is saying you are lucky. Raising them to be good, richeous and true, yet have enough street smarts to avoid trouble IS partly luck. But the bigger part is raising him to be confident, inquisitive, humorous, and loving is not luck, of course you know that.

    Now a really good thought, that I am holding on to also...I saw an interview with Bill Gates the other day. He said school and grades all came together for him in the 9th grade.

    Congratulations Maire Dodd, it appears that you are doing a great job!

  2. these are such special times my friend. In the blink of an eye - they will be gone. Oh how that happens so fast! Congratulations to your mighty fine boy and to you - because we all know that he did not get to be a fine young man without the guidance of his Mother!

    He is so handsome~~~


  3. I love this shot! What a keeper =) Sounds like you are doing a great job. One day he will REALLY understand just how great.

  4. Wonderful! What a special young man. You are indeed a lucky mama.

  5. That's beautiful! I just caught myself smiling like a simpleton!

  6. Boy what excitement! And Bob Dylan always gets you where you live ! Congrats on a job well done xxx

  7. what a great picture, mary jane. i love that he is in motion, as most boys that age certainly are. shows that he is on the move and can't be stopped! congratulations to both of you. best of luck on the next part of your journey.
    enjoy the day.

  8. Aw, Mary Jane! You should be one proud mamma! Your son's list of virtues sounds as if it's a mile long. What a special moment in time for your family.

  9. Like Oprah says "Your future is so bright it burns my eyes"...Congrats to Alex and to his proud Mom.

  10. Congratulations to your son - for finishing one stage and starting out on the next part of his journey. Congratulations to you - for helping this promising young person to be the best he can be. xoxox

  11. Chloe is starting to do the hand to face: "mom, i don't want you to take a picture of me"... Eeek - she's only 2.5 years old. Although, she is (attitude-wise) going on 13 years old...

    Congrats to Alex on getting to H.S. Something will click with him and he will realize that he's got great potential... there is always "something" for everyone out there...

  12. They grow so FAST! And that's an AWESOME shot!

    (PS, about Pillars of the Earth, it's going to be on Starz, which of course is a pay channel and of course I don't get it. Starts July 23rd.


  13. how fast they grow...so sweet!

  14. Thank you for sharing this, he is a beautiful part of you, MJ.

    Look out 9th grade!

  15. I just love teenagers when they are that age, on the threshold of high school and the promise of new adventures...in learning. ;)

    Congratulations on raising some pretty awesome kids who will continue to make you proud!

  16. I loved that age in life. He doesn't know how fast it goes, none of us did! Looks like he is enjoying himself, that's important. Adulthood comes way too soon. Riki


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