My first love, the person who opened my eyes and taught me more in a second than I'd learned in the twenty-something years before he came into my life put together, turned nine today (well, I'm writing this after midnight so yesterday). He is an amazing young man and I love him more today than the day he was born.
I asked what he wanted for breakfast, anything at all...he opted for his usual two bowls of oatmeal with flax seeds, molasses, and berries. This is so Parker. For Christmas his favorite stocking stuffer was a container of organic stuffed grape leaves. He is so easy to please. We played and read books all morning and then left via the bus to have lunch at Y Eatery for vegan pad thai. Parker ate his dish of pad thai and half of his brothers (Dema likes to eat all the tofu and seitan and leave a lot of the rice noodles).
Then, as requested, we went to the Urbana Free Library for more books and some computer time. After the library I suggested we look at Art Mart (a locally owned toy store) to see if they still had the "trainer chopsticks" Parker wanted for Christmas. He didn't like that the chopsticks are plastic (have I mentioned how much I adore him?), but we made due. We went to the co-op to buy blueberries for his requested dessert (we had a family dinner with my dad, my sister and Stuart - Karen's boyfriend, and us) and I said he could have a ABC cookie to eat while waiting for the bus. He said "no thanks". He continued to say "no thanks" when Dema kept offering bites from his cookie while we waited in the cold for the bus. He has so much more balance in his life than the rest of us. Where did he come from?He was so happy to have the family over for dinner (we ordered vegan pizza...he originally asked for homemade tamales and Rob made some over the weekend, but they were gone quickly and it has been a busy week so he said he was fine with his favorite delivered pizza - black olives, green olives, and pineapple). Karen read Star Wars graphic novels, which I found at the library and they turned out to be a big hit with both boys, and snuggled with him on the couch after dinner. Dessert, as requested, was Blueberry Coffee Cake from Vegan with a Vengeance.Parker fell asleep on the couch next to Stuart and Karen sometime before midnight. We will have a party with all of his friends later on this month, but he said he had a great ninth birthday.