He’s 10! Andy is 10 today. He is excited to reach double digits. I’m trying to roll with it. How is it my BABY is 10? I look back and wish I had spent more time, I dunno, reading or snuggling or something . . . but, the fact is, I did a LOT of those things. Andy had WAY more one-on-one time with me than any of the other boys. Add that to the fact that Andy is much like me . . . he didn’t/doesn’t want to be snuggled or coddled. He wants/wanted to be his own person as soon as he could walk. I get it. But, I’m still sad to mark the end of my first decade with him. Before I blink, he’ll be a big, hairy person – just like his brothers. Waaahhh!!!!
This will be a low-budget birthday. Tomorrow, Andy and I will hit the library “friends” bookstore and he can buy his fill of books/comic books up to $7 (cash in my wallet right now). He’s gung-ho – no doubt because he knows the ladies that work at the Friends of the Library bookstore adore him and will give him twice the books he has money for AND candy. Mike and I have a cool big present for him – I’m excited about that. Beyond that, I have a coupon for bowling that we will use with his two best neighborhood friends followed by cake and ice cream here on Friday.
And, as Andy and I enter our second decade together, I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself. It’s been a LONG LONG time since I have had to consider this. Yes, Andy still needs me, but not like he used to. And, there’s no one coming up behind him. It’s a strange place to be. What to do next?