My nephew Mason is eight years old today! Here he is a couple of weeks ago, holding Maria, the kitten that he and his brother rescued from the middle of the highway and brought to me.
Both of them are growing up so fast and while it's truly a wonderful blessing to watch young beings grow, sometimes I just want to freeze the clock...it's all going by so fast.
The big birthday bash is this weekend and because the boys are going through a big-time Indiana Jones phase, there's going to be an 8-foot long python at the party. Mason told me that I can hold it and have my picture made with it if I want. Everyone at the party can have their picture made with the snake, he said, and boy is he excited about that.
I love being an aunt more than anything, but I'm less than enthused about going to a party with an enormous snake. But I will be there with bells on. I'm gonna take my camera and use that as an excuse to NOT hold the snake. :)
This was taken eight months ago, on the day they found the kitten:
I subscribe to a "thought of the day" email service and after I put this post up, this quote came in and was so perfect that I decided to add it to this entry.
Children and animals are supremely attractive because they are honest and they live in the innocence we long to recapture. -- Alan Cohen