|Obviously from last year, but it still captures him well|
And a big birthday at that. It's his thirteenth. That means he's a teenager. It also means that for the first time since the mid-1990s, there are no pre-teens in our house. That's a big leap forward in life's seasons.
For his part, he's rather inscrutable about his likes and designs in life. We know he like technology, especially technology history and old time - what he calls retro - technology. Hence he managed to find for me a fully working Atari system for Christmas. I think dealing with his three older and often boisterous brothers, he's balanced being outgoing in some things and being quieter with others.
Like his older brother, he's not too demanding for things. Getting him to give us an idea of anything he wants is like pulling teeth. Usually they say they're more or less content with things, don't have time for much more than they have, or prefer the time they do have to be with the whole family.
Nonetheless, we squeezed some ideas out of him, one of the stranger being a collection set from the group King Crimson. A musical group I had never heard of is now one of the most played artists in our house. And it's through our youngest and our second oldest that we've been exposed to them. I must admit, it's an acquired taste.
|He wanted a return to an old favorite - Dark Tower. A 40 year old game that still delivers|
Nonetheless it fits with him. He has his own relationship with each of his brothers, having something he does differently with each, and music seems to be his connection to our second oldest. Our oldest has always been more his 'live in uncle', owing to the vast difference in age. Our third oldest was his playmate, and still tends to be the one who will rough house and play on ground level, though as they're both getting older that is diminishing.
So here's to him and a blessed year ahead. He's kept us younger feeling than we might have been with the older three moving on at this time. But time happens, and he is getting older, too. We pray he will find his path and prove himself on par with his older brothers who have spent so much of their lives being there for him.
|One of my favorite pictures of the boys|