...I had a baby.
That baby is now ten years old. I have been a mother for a decade.
I don't post much about The Son here, other than to point out the bemusing aspects of life as a mom novelist (such as the amount of writing I do in the school parking lot), but I wanted to mark this momentous day by sharing a bit of The Son with you.
The Son is a quadruple Scorpio chaos Muppet, tall and leggy with shoulder-length blond hair, blue-green eyes, and an enormous head. He has some formidable qualities I am trying to channel towards good rather than evil: he's strong-willed, charismatic, creative, not easily intimidated, a class clown, and immune to peer pressure. He's also a budding geek who takes Renaissance sword-fighting lessons and is into video games, books, graphic novels, programming, robotics, Legos, Pokémon, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, model rockets, and English humor. And he's also a Cub Scout who whittles, collects canned food for the local food bank, and has won the Pinewood Derby.
He is one of the funniest and most loving people I know, and has passionate opinions about just about everything. His favorite color since he was young enough to indicate one has been yellow, but his favorite color to wear is black. He's a cat person. He has a crazy sweet tooth but hates both soda and doughnuts.
Professions he has considered in the last few years: Emperor of the World, film/TV show director, virtual reality video game designer, talk show host, and YouTuber.
He is a Gryffindor and his patronus is a crow.
Happy Birthday, Boy of mine! And happy tenth mothering anniversary to me.