See how he grows

October 31st, 2009

We have started hockey again this year, and after the gap of the off-season I see huge changes in my Small Boy, leaps of maturity that I did not notice in the small steps leading us from day to day. But this start into a new hockey season brings me messages of change: in his attitude above all he is a new boy. He is confident. He is eager, even volunteering that in addition to the standard Saturday afternoon practice he would like to go to the optional Thursday session as well. He hits the ice and doesn’t look back – unlike last year there are no requests for rests, no coming off the ice to sit on the bench, no sitting on the ice refusing to try. There are no tears; on the contrary, every time he looks up there is a smile on his face. I am even allowed this year to leave the players’ bench and go to the restaurant, which is out of the line of sight of the practice rink, for a coffee; and I find that now that I can do this I do not want to. It is too fun watching the surprise appearance of this new Small Boy. For reasons I no longer recall, shortly after the Boychen was born I started calling him the Butterfly King; but it is my Small Boy this winter who is spreading his wings.

2 Responses to “See how he grows”

  1. kristen on November 1, 2009 2:31 am

    It’s a lovely thing to see, isn’t it? So young, and yet so very much coming into his own.

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