Nine! William chose to begin his ninth birthday celebration with a breakfast of German pancakes (monster pancakes, whatever you might call them), apples, grapes and orange juice. He didn’t want to have breakfast in bed because it was important to him to be around his family. He loves his family.
After breakfast we took a walk around our neighborhood lake and played at the park. The weather was beautiful and we saw all sorts of interesting birds including ducks, a cormorant (at least that’s what I think it was) and a woodpecker.
Ben got off a little bit early enabling William to open his presents before dinner. He got lots of books, a new game, some candy, new church shirts, and a new whittling knife. I’m guessing the knife and whittling books were his favorite because he’s been whittling every chance he’s had since opening them.
He wanted Ben to smoke something in the smoker, but there just wasn’t time so I made steaks, glazed carrots, and fresh rolls instead. Honestly, William would be happy with anything so long as I made fresh bread to go with it.
I made him an ice cream cake for dessert but then I accidentally put it in the fridge to set up (instead of the freezer) and I didn’t realize it until it was time to eat it. So we had a blizzard/milkshake cake instead. Luckily it was still tasty.
William! I can’t believe you are nine! I think it suits you well though. Actually I have that same thought every time you have a birthday. Your soul is an old one and it seems like your body just has to catch up. You love to read everything you can get your hands on. Gardening books, classics, survival handbooks, history encyclopedias, science fiction, and comic books. If there is a topic you are interested in, I help you to find a book on it at the library so you can find answers to some of your questions. You always have a million questions and I can barely keep up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Siri and Google to bail me out of a jam.
You love the outdoors and have a great appreciation for nature. You are a born environmentalist and it bothers you to see all the buildings and roads taking the place of trees. You absolutely love water, especially rivers and streams. You love reading all about survival techniques, outdoor cooking, whittling, shelter building and emergency preparedness but you have zero desire to ever go hunting because you would never want to hurt an animal. You love cats maybe even more than I do and are so sweet with Sushi (or Shadow Tail as you call him).
It makes my heart so happy to see how much you love your family. You are kind, loving and thoughtful. I can always trust you to do the right thing and make good choices. You are responsible, hard working and honest. I love when you squint your eyes when I catch you up late because you are trying to pretend like you just woke up. I love when you smirk because you are trying to hide your smile when something happens that you really like. I love when you are really happy and let loose with a genuine deep laugh full of pure joy. I love that you still hold my hand when we are out in public and that you tell me that you can’t ever imagine being embarrassed of your family. I love seeing all the things you are interested in and watching you learn at such an amazing pace.
I am honored to be your mother and I’m so grateful you are in our family. I love you!