Friday, June 16, 2006

Secret Magical Recipe

Yesterday, while giving my son his bath, I just sat back and watched him, completely enjoying doing nothing but watch him as he played in the tub with his little plastic shovel, bucket and watering can.

First he would fill the watering can, then pour the water into the bucket, put the can down, retrieve the shovel, and mix the water. He repeated the effort multiple times, as if following some secret magical recipe, this beautiful look of determined concentration on his face that was the spitting image of the look Francine gets when she's focusing on a task.

Then, after a couple of minutes of the best spectator sport I can envision, he looked up at me. The look of intense concentration transitioned into a slight query and then a huge smile in a beautifully wonderful single fluid motion.

And as my heart melted, and I again fell in love with my son and my wife, I realized what that secret magic recipe was that my son was working on.


Lara said...

Awww that is so sweet! I love those little moments that kids give you.

Somehow the grin on a 14 year old takes on different meaning though. LOL

lime said...

awwwwwwww, wonderful! and what an abbsolutely fabulous shot of you two :)

lecram sinun said...

That kid is a true wizard. :)

Tish said...

Awww, sweet post and adorable photo!

Phain said...

What an amazing man you must be to not only realize this, but acknowledge it. I sure hope you told this to Francine.

Anonymous said...

*SNIFF* I know exactly what you mean dude.

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Georganna Hancock said...

What a wonderful early Father's Day gift for you -- and here you share it with us all! I haven't teared up over Father's Day for a long, long time. Thanks, Mark!

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Hi Mark,

Finally catching up on my reading of blogs...and I owe you a very belated but tremedously HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Have a wonderful Father's Day!