When Giants Fall

by Stefani on 7-August-2008

This is my kid, 


my fearless, funny, irrepressible, nut job of a kid. 

And that, is how he approaches every aspect of his life. All out. No fear. 

He leaves the worrying to me. 

About five hours after that shot was taken (thank you Grandfather for the magnificent photo!), he was feverish, crying, revisiting his dinner. 

Somehow though, he's able to even approach sickness with his characteristic wild abandon. 

He does it with style. He grins in spite of himself because he's getting to watch cartoon after cartoon as he's served and snuggled. 

While his brothers are staring dismally at their pea soup, he, having just finished his popsicle, gives  them "the look," – the one that says, "Can you believe my good fortune? Don't you wish you were sick too?!" 

In one hand he's gripping his green "just in case" bowl, in the other, his foam sword. 

And should he start to feel bad, he sets his little mouth and gathers up his eyebrows. Determined, as always, to rise above, to show 'em who's boss. 

He will conquer those "germies." He will vanquish them with ginger ale and "sickie man crackers" (mini saltines, for the uninitiated). 

He will not be broken. 

Sometimes, this kid's stubborn streak worries me, and then in times like this, I see it for what it is, for what it can be, when he uses his powers for good… a remarkable strength of character, a fighting spirit that is truly admirable. 

I can only hope, that if he must share his germs with us, that he will also spread around some of the valiant determination that will get us through the rough spots. 

As I sit here, trying to pretend that I do not feel queasy, I'm beginning to think that we might need some of his grit. 

Relyn August 7, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Wishing you good health, wellness, lots of grit to get you through, and that you never lose your ability to see deeper.

christi August 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm

its incredibly strange to me how different each child in a family can be! i don’t have any children of my own, but i have little sisters, one has such reckless abandon and is willing to try anything and everything, where as the other is cautionary and always double checks everything and really doesn’t partake in risky behavior at all!
I hope your little boy gets better soon. 🙂

Kristy August 8, 2008 at 1:01 am

Such a great photo!
You can see his love for life and adventure.
Hope you aren’t all sick.I hate is when we all get a bug it takes an age to pass around us all.

Rachel L August 8, 2008 at 3:20 am

Oh no! I had a sicky bug earlier this week and it was horrid – hope you all get through ok. Fabulous photo!

Teresa August 8, 2008 at 3:34 am

I hope your little one, and you for that matter, start feeling better!

My daughter is just like him. If she is sick, there is no stopping her. She is always optimistic and bubbly, saying she is fine. In fact, she would rather not be doted on. She would like to go about her day as normal!

Sometimes I wish I had her great attitude when I am feeling under the weather!

The Mommy August 8, 2008 at 4:54 am

What a wonderful child. For some reason I’m thinking of starwars “this will serve the young padawan well…”. Is that lame or what? LOL

Diane August 8, 2008 at 5:07 am

Yeesh, I hope you’re just having sympathy-queasies! Sickie-man crackers — excellent!

dana August 8, 2008 at 5:46 am

Such a great photo. And, great words to accompany it.

Shawn August 8, 2008 at 6:10 am

Good Luck!! Summer sick is the worst!

OMSH August 8, 2008 at 6:40 am

I think green must be the color of puke bowls the world over. Poor baby…I mean, he’s not a ‘baby-baby’ – in fact, be sure NOT to tell him I even said that.

Love the shot.
Reckless abandon.
If I did that I’d belly flop and be sore for a month.

Jennifer August 8, 2008 at 6:43 am

That is a great picture. Hope the little one feels better soon and doesn’t spread it around much!

Sarah August 8, 2008 at 8:11 am

You guys are all awesome. Stay healthy!

Casey August 8, 2008 at 8:12 am


The sickie bugs don’t stand a chance, do they?

katiemae August 8, 2008 at 10:48 am

Fantastic photo. Be well!

heather August 8, 2008 at 11:38 am

oh no! i hope you don’t get sick! that is one thing a mama does not have time for. i hope your little ones are all okay too.

great photo grandfather!

Christina August 8, 2008 at 11:51 am

he looks like he’s diving into the mosh pit of life…

brit August 8, 2008 at 1:41 pm

My kids. And there Will power. It amazes me every time. I wish I could bottle it and save it for later when I need some.

Great picture

Mearaid August 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Wow it seems like our sons were separated at birth.

Michele August 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Ooooo, I hope he (and you) feels better very quickly!

YayaOrchid August 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Oh, poor baby! I hope he is feeling much better with Momma’s TLC.

Amy August 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I love your writing! And that photo is awesome – it captures perfectly what you have described in words. I’m sorry he’s sick – my little one’s had a virus this week too. Only she’s only 2 and doesn’t have the wherewithal to handle it very well – she’s just cranky.

Mightymom August 10, 2008 at 11:21 pm

ah yes, I have a fearless, grinning boy myself!

nicole August 11, 2008 at 7:33 pm

sounds like a pretty cool kid !

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