Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping into the Future

He's turning 6 in a few weeks and he's caused me to age 4 years for every year he's been alive.

I love all my children equally, but Rakes is the one that both pulls at my heart and wishes I had a bottle of Absolut on standby at all times; he's 2 feet nothing, almost 40 pounds, and is as much of a force of nature as someone his size can be.

With a built-in megaphone and a voice that sounds like Lucille Ball after she's burned a Lucky Strike he's sort of like a tornado; you hear him before you actually see him. He's probably ADD or DSS or MTV or whatever the current thing is, makes Taz from Looney Tunes look like he's on Lithium, and the only time he's still is when he's sleeping. And even then he's twitching and twisting and burning energy at a level where you can put your hand an inch away from his body in the dead of winter and feel the heat coming off him.

Today we went on a field trip to the Lazy 5 Ranch, which is a huge drive through sort of zoo about an hour and a half from home; he jumped around, talked until I was fairly certain his tongue was gonna fall out and I set the World Record for saying "Rakes, sit down" in a 75 minute period.

But just like he always does, when I'm JUST about ready to sign the papers to ship him off to military school, he goes and breaks my heart and makes me realize that one day he'll be grown and gone and all I'm gonna have left are the memories that somehow I manage to retain and photo's like this one.

He's 6 going on 26 and I'm trying like crazy to make it all just slow flipping down.


Tex said...

You lived to tell about it. Be happy.

jojo said...

really nice post, ted. pulled at my heart strings just more than a little bit.

Ted D said...

I'm happy, Tex. And I wouldn't have him any other way. And I'm glad you liked it, jojo.

Rich in the garage said...


He'll get infinitely more fun when the hormones kick in.

And Tek still hasn't signed.

Ted D said...

I'm sure of two things, Jr. You are right about Rakes and Tek picks up his option.

Rich in the garage said...

Not with Scott Morecash as his agent old man.

While there may be wisdom in age, there is also senility.

And if that isn't a word it should be.

Ted D said...

Even Boras realizes he won't get more than $3 million.

Rich in the garage said...


"Agent Scott Boras said at the baseball general managers meetings Tuesday that reports of Jason Varitek being ready to pick up his $3 million player option to return to the Red Sox next season were inaccurate, Comcast Sportsnet reported."

Stacy said...

You need that last photo enlarged, framed, and in your office. That is a keeper. :)

It seems like once they start school, time passes twice as fast. :(

Ted D said...

Rich, you know as well as me that Boras is full of it. But weirder things have happened. Stacy, I think I'm gonna do that.