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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Happy Boo-rthday, Nat!!!

I was able to crawl out of my black hole this morning and squint at the bright daylight and yellow leaves and think, like Dido, “It’s not so bad, it’s not so bad.”

My boy is all grown up. Eighteen years old. A man. Long, gangly, hairy arms and a beard on his face. But I went into his room before he was fully awake and I kissed and kissed him and it was like putting my lips on cake.

And speaking of cake…
Nat chose a Duncan Hines yellow cake and chocolate frosting. Benj made Nat’s cake. Ben. Yes, Ben. Well, I helped. And so did Nat. And of course there were ulterior motives, but let’s not get into that. He was really, really sweet. He was grumbling about what Nat liked as if it was all so dumb, but he kept on working at it and telling us his ideas. He had the idea of adding a rectangle of vanilla frosting on top of the chocolate frosting! Genius. Sweet B!!!!

We woke up with a bang this morning. No, not that kind! A real loud noise, like something fell over downstairs. We were scared, so we went together to check it out. For some reason, a picture had fallen off the playroom mantle and had knocked over to other things. We could not figure out why. I said, “Is Ghostie back?” And Ned said, “Maybe.”

I wonder why she is back? Our houseghost was always a benevolent presence, if a little mischievous. She seemed fond of hanging out on the second floor hallway and front staircase landing. Once Ned looked up and saw me coming down those stairs. He looked again, and there was nobody there. Another few times Little Tiny Benj complained about a “little blue ghost with a silver hat” in his room, which we think was the fire hydrant outside. But still. He constructed a ghostcatcher to get rid of it, and we thought it worked.

Until now. It could be that they were a pair, or that we have a new one? Or else it was a vibration from the heat going on. Uh-huh. I think whoever it is wants to wish Nat a happy birthday! Just next time, let us sleep a little later, okay? Boo-tiful.


Ghostie’s wishing Nat a happy birthday too!

— added by Someone Said on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 7:47 am

Happy Birthday Nat!!

I love reading about your family Susan- thank you for sharing, and thanks for blazing the trail for the rest of us. 18 is something I had never considered before, but he’s already 8…

— added by gretchen on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday Nat! Ditto what “Rude” said. 🙂

— added by Niksmom on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 1:43 pm

So that would be ‘coming of age’ I suppose or do you have to wait until 21 in your State?

— added by Maddy on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 1:54 pm

A happy, happy birthday to your handsome young man.

— added by Anne on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Okay. I’m going to give this a shot:

Yom Huledet Same’ach, Nat, you handsome 18 year old, you!!!


P.S.: Ben’s cake is boo-tiful!

— added by Anonymous on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Our house ghosts like to make noise just to say hello. 😉 I agree, yours is simply wishing Nat a Happy Birthday.


— added by ASDmomNC on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Happy Birthday, Nat!! Great smile. love the pictures.

— added by Anonymous on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Happy Birthday Nat! I hope the cake was fantastic!

— added by Jen on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Happy Birthday, Nat!

On your birthday we wish you all your dreams come true. May the sun shine bright on all your days;
may you always be embraced by God’s grace.

Have a beautiful day!

— added by Okasaneko on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Happy Birthday Nat! What a milestone for you AND for your mom. Beautiful pictures. Love the white rectangle on the cake.

— added by KAL on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 12:43 am

Big milestone for Nat and you and Ned as well. May it unfold like a flower opening to the sun, this next phase. Each crease or fold somehow making sense in the end, the design having been there within all along. Happy birthday, Nat. You are so well-loved, that is clear.

— added by Em's Mom on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 4:50 am

I couldn’t let it go by without wishing Nat a *~Happy Birthday!*~* but also congratulating you on 18 years as a Mom, Susan. — Cathy in CT

— added by Anonymous on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 9:13 am

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