Posted: May 3, 2012 Filed under: baseball, kids | Tags: 13th birthday, All Stars, baseball fanatic, becoming a teenager, cute puppies, Fenway Park, First Colony Little League, first day of kindergarten, happy birthday to my son, Little League baseball, Red Sox Nation
My firstborn turns 13 today.
A watershed event.
The last of “The Gerber Gang” becomes a teen. The Gang was our very first playgroup. Six babies (3 girls, 3 boys), all born within 6 weeks of each other. My guy was the youngest of The Gang, and now they’re all teenagers.
Lots of things have changed since days of The Gang. No more strollers, no more diapers.
Some things remain the same, however, despite the passage of time and the achievements of milestones.
My boy still loves to read.
I’m proud of him for a lot of reasons, but being a lover of books is on the top 10 list, for sure.
He still loves animals.
Baseball remains his all-consuming passion. He’s always been reliable at the plate, and this past summer during All Stars was known as “The Doubles Machine.” He knows how to keep the line moving.
Little League has been a constant every year since he was old enough to play.
His very first season, as a kindergartener, was the start of some exciting time spent at the ballpark.
This is his last season of Little League. While it won’t be the end of baseball for him, there’s something special about Little League, and the innocence and purity of the game up to the age of 12.
He’s a Red Sox fan to the core.
A proud member of Red Sox Nation practically since birth. He even wore his favorite Nomar jersey on the first day of kindergarten.
He loves his junk food!
And he does not like to try new foods!
He loves the beach.
He’s still not a fan of dressing up, and his idea of formal wear is shorts and a polo.
He still refuses to wear long pants, even when it’s cold (well, cold for Texas, anyway).
He’s not a big fan of smiling for the camera, either.
But sometimes he slips up and flashes a little grin.
His eyelashes have always gone on for days.
And his smile has always grabbed me by the heart-strings.
Happy birthday, Pal. You’re not too old for your mama to give you a hug & a kiss!