Monday, September 1, 2008

He's Going To Do Just Fine

I went with Little Billy to his school.


It was orientation night - the night to meet his teachers and learn all the rules.


We arrived right on time.


We made our way to the cafeteria and found our seats amongst the other excited students and glum-faced parents.


We listened.


Then ... we got up and moved through the hallways towards all of Little Billy's classes.


We'd find the right room.


We'd walk in and sign our names on the sign-in sheet.


I'd bend over and ask Little Billy to go over to the teacher and introduce himself.


I'd stay back and watch.


He'd walk right up.


He'd wait his turn.


He'd get the teacher's attention.


He'd say ...


"Hi - I'm Billy," and he'd extend his hand to shake.


I could see the teachers were impressed.


I was impressed!


I was proud.


I would then go behind him and introduce myself to his teacher and we'd then sit and listen and get up and go on from there to the next class.


After the tour and introductions were over - we left the school and walked out to the parking lot.


I put my hand on Little Billy's shoulders.


I said ...


"Thank you so much for being so polite and well mannered with your teachers."


He smiled.


"And ... thank you so much for being so brave and so confident and not arguing with me about my asking you to introduce yourself to your teachers."


He smiled.


"I am very proud of, not only how you handled yourself - but ... that you trust me when I tell you that you should do something - you just do it - thank you for that."


He smiled big.


"And ... thank you for being so nice to me tonight. I know you were around a lot of your friends and yet you never left me behind or talked mean to me or was ever once disrespectful. You made the evening very pleasant for me and I appreciate your patience and how kind you are."


He smiled even bigger.


"I love you, Little Billy," I said, as we were getting into the car. "You are a good boy and I am proud of you. I think you are going to do fine in middle school and ... I love you."


"Okay, okay, okay ..." he says, while climbing into the van, "What are we gonna eat?"


*sweet moments between mom and son ... O-VER!*



On the upside ... I love all of my kids the same - I do! I love them all. But ... that boy - he is nicer to me than any of those girls are - he is! I think it is because the girls and I are all cut from the same tough naugahyde cloth and our personalities are 'zactly the same. And him - he and his daddy are cut from smooth and cuddly cashmere. He is his daddy's boy!



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55 comments:

Brittany said...

don't ya just LOVE how those moments are broken? sigh. lol

Julie said...

He sounds like a great kid!!!

utmomof5 said...

Sounds like a typical pre teen boy!!! Enough with the mushy stuff mom, When are you going to feed me? :P

Michelle said...

Too funny! It's amazing the one track mind that some people (read: men) have. And I can so see the same scenes playing out with Mister Man someday. So where *did* you eat?

Anna said...

OH! That sweet boy! Give him a smooch for me, would 'ya?!

dani said...

kellen, that boy is soooooooooo nice to you because he obviously loves you to the moon and back and because he's obviously being raised to be a gentleman. that, my friend, is a blessing in and of itself:)
love,
dani

Dawn said...

I loved reading this. There is so much love in your family...it's inspiring. I hope my son grows up to treat me as as kind as his Daddy treats me as well- so far, so good!

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

I love to hear about a polite young man! What a good boy.
I too love all of my kids the same, but my relationship with each of them is unique. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that!

Ellie said...

Kids just say the darnest things!

Rachel said...

How could he be anything but with you for a momma and the Twins as bigger examples?

So cute. It certainly goes quickly.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It sounds like someone's raised him up right!

Amanda said...

Yes, I second jenn @ juggling life. You have definitely done a fantastic job with your son (and other kids) no matter what cloth they came from.

My boys are Army Brats said...

Aww what a sweet story and what a sweet boy and a lucky mom! You must be doing something, or everything right! I love my unique bond with each of my boys! At the end of they day they both hug me and love me for just being me as I do them for just being themselves!

Dad said...

yOU ARE VERY PROUD OF hIM AND YOU ARE RIGHTFULLY SO IN BEING THAT WAY

Pam said...

I hope middle school goes really well for Billy! I also hope my son grows up to be just like that!!

THopgood said...

Ah...what a fantastic moment!

Threeundertwo said...

How sweet! You've got a winner there.

tammy said...

He is such a good kid. There is just something between moms and sons that I love.

Jen said...

I really hope Dylan grows up to be as sweet and respectful to me as Billy is to you. Trust me, he might act cool about the compliments, but he loves them. You're a good mom.

Smoochiefrog said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Pregnantly Plump said...

That's so sweet!

Sandra Carvalho said...

LOL!Boys will be always boys!He's a great kid no doubt!
xoxo

Arcadia said...

LOL! What a sweet little boy you have, you SHOULD be proud! x

groovyteach said...

no kidding, the moments flee in light of food, toys, or amusement parks, don't they? lol

Tabitha said...

What a sweet boy little billy is!!
love and hugs XXX

Brenda said...

Makes you want to be able to reach out and hold on to such moments, doesn't it? I know you're so proud.

Amy said...

There is nothing like boys! Of course, if I had girls I would love them too - there's just something about boys!

Jennifer said...

its just something about a mother and her son that is so special!

ValleyGirl said...

A very cute and classy young man you've got there! It's no wonder you're proud!!

ValleyGirl said...

Hey, I just watched your TV interview ~ very cool!! You're like, famous! Awesome!!

Courtney said...

you have a very fine gentleman on your hands you are obviously raising him right

Belle said...

I love both of my kids so much that it's beyond what I can express to you but I know what you mean...Lorelai and I have had many more tense moments over the years than Legare and I have had. Little Billy is a cool kid...you have every right to be bursting with pride.

Kelsey said...

hahaha Just love kids!

pb&j in a bowl said...

He sounds like a sweetheart.

TheCynicalOptimist said...

Did he bust out his camoflouge shirt for the occasion? Always making momma proud!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Awwww. sounds like a great kid.

Kami said...

I have a feeling that he was gushing on the inside from all the praise but on the outside had to keep it cool!

What a great kid!

Don Mills Diva said...

That kid is just as smooth as butter isn't he?

JCK said...

He is a sweetie that one. And I loved how loving you were with him. It is so important for children to hear all that good stuff. :)

LaskiGal said...

TRANSLATED: I love you too, mom . . . I really, really do."

carrie said...

When will these boys of our ever stop thinking about their tummies?

When?

Happy that day went well, we had a similar experience . . . it must be easier for boys!

Eagles' Wings said...

Such a sweet moment with little Billy.

I know what you mean when you say its OVER. My son do that all the time!

Kaci said...

Awhh that was sweet...and cute and funny! XOXOX Have a good day Kellan!

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

What a good boy! The food comment cracked me up. This is sooooooo my boys.

Hope you had a fabulous holiday!

Monogram Queen said...

I see big things for that boy! I'm tellling you!

OHmommy said...

I think I fall in love with Billy more and more with each story.

;)

Cheffie-Mom said...

I just love those moments. (; Billy is such a cute kiddo and his picture is adorable. I hope he has a super year!

My Wonderful Men said...

Sounds like you have one fine boy.

Joanna said...

Oh those smiles are as good as hugs!

rthling said...

He might as well have said, I get it, Mom!
He's such a beautiful boy!
But don't tell him I said that. His head will be too big for his ten gallon hat.

Leah said...

My Jared was never much of a snuggly baby, but from the time he could walk, he was the one that would come toddling over full of hugs and kisses, and when he could talk, I started hearing random "I love you mama's" many many times a day. Even now that he's four, he's my most loving and gentle child. His older sister is still the snuggly one, but Jared is the one who will hug you, kiss you, and "I love you" all day long. Connor? I'll be interested to see if he survives his own two-year-old antics, and he's definately NOT the lovey one of the bunch!

But typically, I've heard boys are much more affectionate with their mothers,a nd it certainly sounds true in your case with Little Billy!!!!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

He is such an awesome kid, I am glad he is so respectful and kind to you. Love him!

Amanda said...

I am the same with my mom. We are cut from the same mold so yes we do clash once and awhile, but now she is one of my best friends. When I was younger, I would fight with her ALL the time. I don't know why, except now I see we are the same.

I know this entry was about Billy (yes, he is a sweet kid), but don't worry. Your girls will come to see what a great friend you'll be. It will most likely be after the college years, but it'll come.

Tanja said...

Billy's definately a keeper, and who doesn't like cashmere?!?

Denise said...

Little Billy sounds like a great kid to me. He heard you and loved what you were saying, I know he did :)
Denise

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