Jun 28, 2003

Someone unexpected said “hi” to me this morning. Normally a simple greeting isn’t something to get excited about. In this case, I make an exception. That person was my son. Hi was his first word.

I’m not dissapointed that his first word wasn’t “mama” or “dada”. God knows he has heard those two words a lot; both mom and dad are anxious to see which one he calls out first. I’m just happy to communicate. I’ve been greeting him with a “hi” for a week or so. I’m glad he returned the favor. One word down. About 600,000 to go.

Cam is in one of his activity spurts. For weeks, he doesn’t seem to change much at all. Then – all of a sudden – he starts doing a myriad of new things. He grabs at everything in sight. Clear the table. Here comes his roving hands. His legs pump up and down, just searching for something to topple. He’s so close to turning over that the countdown is now measured in days, not weeks. Daddy tries to move him that extra inch by force of will alone.

It’s an exciting time. He’s moving up and moving on. It’s an incredible thing to witness, even as those cuddly baby days slowly slip on by. Soon mom and dad will no longer spend their days perched above a bright-eyed child. We will be too busy chasing him through the house.

I look forward to it, in a “how much more tired can I get” sort of way. Watching him grow up will undoubtably be one of the grandest experiences of my life. His hello of this morning is but a glimpse of the world to come.

Cam, hello. It’s going to be great getting to know you.

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