Little boys come in all shapes and sizes,
Shy and adventurous, full of surprises,
With misshapen halos and mischievous grins,
Small dirty faces and sweet sticky chins.
They'll keep you so busy, and yet all the while
Nothing can brighten the world like their smile,
And no greater treasure has brought home more joy,
Than a curious, active and lovable boy.
This is one of my "I remember when" posts going back 29 years. We were living in Virginia Beach and Gregg's ship was on deployment. Our son was always very good at entertaining himself when I had things to do around the house. He was never out of sight nor mind for too long but every so often, when you knew it was just too quiet, a mother's senses would kick in. I walked around the corner and this is what greeted me. I remember saying, "Now Brad, what are you doing?" He greeted me with that beautiful smile. My camera was never far away even back then, and this is one of those life moments I had to capture. I had been baking earlier and had not yet put the bag of flour away.
As you can see he had pretty long hair in those days, and he had not had his first haircut. I took my time getting him to a barber. I did not want to cut those beautiful locks and ignored all attempts to push me in that direction. I can be pretty stubborn about such things and if you looked real close, my heels digging into the dirt would be clearly visible. I always knew I would know when that day would come, and it did not too long after this photo was taken.