Gosh its hard to believe that this young man, about to be married, a marketing manager, new home owner is that cheeky little boy with the messiest room (except perhaps my craft room...well maybe not as his room was a bit of a black hole LOL). Perhaps thats why he lost so many things :). I know, I had to replace them, find them and clean up his room when he vacated...though I miss him too :)
A teacher once asked to see one of his parents about his lack of organizational skills (that didn't work out so well as DH fell asleep on the couch instead of going....needless to say she never asked again :D)
It has been a wonderful 25 years though. He's made me laugh and made me cry (sometimes joy and sometimes anger too). He's very intelligent, affectionate, sensitive, passionate and charming (fortunately a lot more than he realises) and sometimes thats half the trouble as he cruised through school and uni. His prep teacher said that you just couldn't stay mad with him for long and people have often been drawn to him because of his passion. When he is interested in something ( be it sport, music or some other task) it is wholeheartedly, if not well .... We used to call him Bruce (McAcvaney, a sports commentator) as he has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of sports of interest (tennis & F1 especially). The highlight of his time with the Olympic band in Sydney 2000 was "I stood next to the second fastest man in the world and got to speak to Andrew Gaze (Australian basketballer)...he was pumped. This passion has extended itself into the work arena as well.
And how many tennis racquets did he break?! :)...he was always a bit a a perfectionist when it came to his sport...frequently managing to defeat himself in the process. I threatened to disqualify him once and then introduced a fine system...if he lost his temper too many times he had to buy me a book...what do I get he asked...you get to not buy me a book LOL. He got into remote control racing, even getting sponsorship and travelling overseas and entertaining the crowd between events at the Commonwealth games in Melbourne (Mum! it felt great having this huge stadium cheer on my remote car...) He also wrote articles in a remote control car racing magazine and set up a web site. On the funny side, on one trip to an interstate meet, rather odd noises were coming from the toilet....he was cleaning an engine as well as....... :D
He has listened to me when I've been in tears, he has changed Liam's nappy: once rescuing his brother and Naomi in the process (Adam had torn of the side tabs), he has got cross and worried with us when we haven't let him know where we are or he cannot communicate with us (most famously with his brother and SIL when they were on their honeymoon LOL).
Beth, Simon, Adam & Naomi at the Blue Mountains (Easter 2010)
I remember when the boys were little and had been fighting...I would stop them and demand they tell me 10 things that were good about their brother...there was usually stony silence, then we had to reduce the number of things they had to say (they were now allies :). Eventually they got sneaky saying "he has me for a brother" :D
Of course now that they both have mature brains (apparently brains do not mature until you are 25 LOL) they have no problems admitting how important they are to each other :).
Naturally Kris and I adore them, warts and all :)
BTW, I haven't forgotten the giveaway...will do it on Sunday my time as I just wanted to do this post first...hopefully Google won't let me down as it won't save.
Give your children a hug whenever they let you :)
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