Being the oldest of 4 boys can’t be easy. Especially when your 3 younger brothers kept coming year after year after year (quite literally). William is my oldest son. He will be 5 years old on September 25th. It’s funny, even when I was pregnant with William, before I knew he was a “boy,” I KNEW he was a boy. And from the second he was born, he has been the sweetest little man in the world. The sweetest.
Ever since William has been talking, he has said some pretty funny things. He loves to respond to questions with the word, “Actually.” If I say it looks like it’s going to rain… William responds, “Actually, Mommy, the clouds do look dark.” It’s just very funny to hear his “logical” and “actual” responses.
But it’s his love for me, his mom, that just gets me. And it makes me completely know that somewhere out there, there is a lucky little lady who will win his heart someday. It was what he said to me this weekend at the beach while we were at the Jersey Shore that tugged my heart…
We were at the beach with my in-laws. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law took Henry and Ben on a boardwalk stroll. Matt had gone with Alex to get lunch for us. And it left just William and me. Something we don’t usually get… alone time with just William and me.
William was digging in the sand and trying to build a HUGE castle with which to surprise Alex. As I sat there watching him, I couldn’t quite figure out where the last 5 years have gone. They have flown by. He’s now this “big” boy. I saw him having a little difficulty lifting one of the buckets filled with sand, so I got up and asked him, “Can Mommy help you build a castle?”
He looked at me and shook his head NO. Then he said to me, “You know what I want you to do? I want you to sit and relax because you deserve to. Just watch me.”
Sit and relax? These words are foreign to me now… but there was my oldest son, asking me to do just that.
So… young ladies out there, I have a handsome little man who may be 4… but keep your eyes on him because he’s going to be one heck of a man some day. That, I promise.