When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Eleven Eleven

Months ago, on a quiet weekend morning, Will got out some markers and paper and painstakingly created this sign for his bedroom door.

The sign has remained taped to the entrance of his collection-laden boy cave ever since, serving as a caution to the rest of us who live in this house, and speaking volumes about the lively sense of humour and the mature self-awareness of the person who created it.

Today Will will need to make himself a new sign; he's turning eleven years old. The universe has been reminding me of his upcoming "golden" birthday (eleven on the eleventh) for awhile now, although at first I didn't recognize the connection. So often my eye has been drawn to a clock when the time has read exactly 11:11 in recent weeks, and even this morning, when the timer beeped to let me know Will's birthday doughnuts were ready to come out of the oven, four "ones" glowed brightly across the face of the stove clock. I'm taking this as a happy sign that the year ahead will somehow be a remarkable one for my youngest son, who grows more creative, thoughtful, entertaining, and wise and makes me prouder to be his mom with every passing day.

Being the parent of a self-proclaimed mischievous child can be exasperating at times, it's true. There is almost never a dull moment in our house.

Even so, I can't wait to see what escapades Will will dream up next, and what exciting places he will discover as a result.

A very happy 11th birthday to you, Will!  I hope all of your birthday wishes come true.  May you never lose your enthusiastic sense of adventure, and wherever you go, may you never be afraid to share the kind heart and wonderful mind that make you so special.  Thanks for always making my life interesting (and I mean that in every good way).

With so much love,


  1. What a sweetie pie!! Love this mischievous spirit - you can see how proudly he wears it. Happy "birth" day to you, too, Lisa xo

    1. Thank you, Louise! Yep, his lively spirit really shines brightly around here and adds a lot of excitement to our days. :)