Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Once a Tease, Always a Tease
Yesterday was Red's birthday. I can't explain in words how much I love this kid! His heart is so big and he's so generous! Case in point: he took cupcakes to his class yesterday. He had a few left over and instead of bringing them home (which is what I was hoping he would do... I wanted one!) he shared with some other people. One of his friend's little sister was staring longingly at the cupcakes and he gave one to her. He made sure he gave one to the principal and some of the office staff. He's always been that way. When he was really little I had to make sure I always had change with me at Christmas time. We had to have something to give to the Salvation Army bell ringers. If we didn't, he would be heartbroken!
Another thing I love about Red is that he's such an amazing big brother. A lot of my attention is given to the younger kids - especially Little Bug. But, Red is not resentful. He digs in and helps when I ask and even when I don't! He's really patient with his brother and sister. I couldn't ask for a better kid!
On top of all that, he's a good sport. Which is a really good thing because he comes from a family that likes to tease and joke around. And that brings us to yesterday's festivities... we got Red an MP3 player for his birthday. But earlier in the day I pulled it out of the box and got it charged up so that he could use it before he had to go to bed. I thought about putting it back in the original box, but then I saw another little box sitting on my computer desk and used it instead.
So, when Red opened his gift he saw this... Yep - that would be a LIGHT MAGENTA printer cartridge. He was so thrilled... (Oh, and yeah... that would be lasagna on his pants...) But wait... what's this? It's taped together...YES!"Wait... what is it?" There aren't any MP3 players in our home... so he wasn't exactly sure what he was holding in his hot little hand. I think deep down he knew, but I had told him over and over that they were too expensive and that we weren't going to get him one this year. The exclamation of joy was mostly over the fact that it WASN'T a pink printer cartridge.
"What did you say Mom? I can't hear you! I'm listening to my new MP3 player!"I'm sure this will be a good/bad thing, but for right now? It's all good! Happy Birthday Red!!

12 comments:

Kristina P. said...

What a fun way to wrap it!!

Yvonne said...

You are so clever--what a great young man. I hope he has a wonderful year.

Tonya said...

I love to wrap things in the wrong pakages and watch the faces as they open them. He sounds like just a great kid. Happy Birthday Red!!

diana said...

i think it's a perfect gift for him. what kid wouldn't want their own mp3 player.

he sounds like a really neat kid. mom and dad must have had something to do with that.

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday Red! Loooove that last picture!

flip flop mama said...

How funny! Happy Birthday Red!

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday, Red! Love the idea of hiding it. AND that he was still smiling over getting a printer cartridge!!!

No Cool Story said...

Score! WHat a great idea.
Happy birthday cute boy!!

Nancy Face said...

Happy Birthday to Red! I really liked this post! He sounds so thoughtful of others! :)

kailani said...

Now he'll never hear you again! Just kidding!

GG has an iPod and I swear I'm talking to a brick wall sometimes. :-)

Susan said...

You guys are such amazing parents and raising some great kids, with Red leading the pack. Ten already! Wasn't it just yesterday he was heading off to kindergarten?

The Morris Fam said...

i want a magenta cartridge for my next bday!!! I LOVED your cake. AMAZING!!!