Wednesday, September 14, 2005

One Year Old

How did one year go by so quickly? Just over a year ago this small, screaming creature arrived, taking all my time, my energy, my body and claiming them for his own. Aside from screaming, his only form of communication was to bang on my chest, demanding more, more, more. He was insatiable. This was not what I was expecting when I wanted to make my life more interesting.

Now a year later there is a small person who lives with me. He wanders around my house, tearing apart the cupboards and shelves. He seriously examines and investigates all possible uses of every item he finds. He points at the cat and says "cat" as he chases the poor animal around the house. He smiles and laughs and cries and chatters all day long. He adores his dad and can't wait to see him at night. He clings on to our legs and says "up". He charms complete strangers with a smile and a wave.

Even though I have been there every day to watch him grow, it is hard to think of these two creatures as one person. I am sure I will say the same thing at two, and five, and fifteen, and thirty. I will say, "Is this the same child I gave birth to so many years ago? How much he has changed. How much he has remained the same."


poet said...

happy baby bday

Anna Banana said...

It's hard to fathom sometimes, isn't it! I find myself in awe of my daughter's changing abilities, every time I look around she leaping over some new developmental hurdle and I can't believe it.

Oh, and I'm so impressed, day 3 and you mention my favorite book in the whole world. I actually had a dog named Ender! That's how much I love Orson Scott Card's books.