Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Josh! Happy Father's Day!

It is hard to believe that this little stinker is 16 today. From the day he was born, Josh was the most quiet and best kid… still is. His mom (my sister), Josh and myself took an eight hour drive to visit another niece. Not once, and I repeat, not once did Josh say, “Are we there yet?”  Josh was about nine, maybe. I can’t remember, but the age where it would be so typical to hear, “Are we there yet?” or any kind of whining. But not one whine out of him. I’m serious. We stopped at some antique store—Ruth and I browsing our little hearts out, Josh following. He picked up an item and asked his mom, “Can I have this?” She said, “No.” He put it back and didn’t say a word. I was dumbfounded. What? No tantrum? No pleading? No begging? I kid you not. I waited the entire trip for him to whine about something and he didn’t… not until I pushed his button. So that was my fault. The kid loved to run, so anytime we stopped at a rest area, Josh would just run around. One time, for fun, I shouted, “Run, Forest, run.” He gave me a stern look and in the same tone said, “My name’s not Forest.” The was the extent of his sass. The trip was quite unforgettable, especially for Forest… err, I mean, Josh. I sang most of the way… trying to get Josh to sing along with me. It didn’t work. I told you he was quiet. He later nicknamed me LLL (Loud Loony Lynn). Josh, you’re adorable and I hope you have the best 16th birthday!

And to all the father’s out there…


  1. Forest--um, I mean Josh--sounds like an exemplary young man. I hope he has a great birthday. And I hope Norm and all the other dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day.

    (That illustration is marvelous. I had to click on it, because I was intrigued by what you had written.)

  2. Love your sketch, Lynn. I really think you ought to consider doing a picture book!

    Critter Alley

  3. Happy birthday to Josh, who sounds like a cool kid. Is that two trunks on your deck? I agree with Pat.

  4. Happy birthday to Josh. He sounds like a very nice young man!

  5. I remember that visit! Good memories. Hard to believe Josh is already 16. Where does the time go?


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