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Where I think of the number five

by John on November 4th, 2014


My son is five years old today.

Heck, I still have issues coming to terms with the fact that I’m a parent (yeah, yeah, I know, you’re at “Daddy Runs a Lot,” you expect the dude creating content to be a parent, but, well, being a parent means that I’m supposed to be responsible & shit, and I feel anything but responsible, often), nevermind the parent to a Five Year Old. But, that’s what today brings.

Five fingers, five golden rings, Johnny Number 5 is alive1, Johnny Bench & Joe DiMaggio, Abraham Lincoln’s face, James Monroe, V.

It really seems like it’s been an impossibly long time . . . but, then again, it seems like just yesterday that we got “the call”. They always talk about tragic events in bringing about the mundane details of any given day . . . but I think I can list what happened on November 4, 2009 better than I can recall the moments of September 11, 2003. The phone calls of “it might be today,” to the phone calls to “it’s time.” Leaving the office. My secretary calling, asking if she should put anything in my out-of-office message, my leaving the tailgate of my truck open & my “it might take awhile for paperwork to clear” suitcase falling out (and the kind fellow who flashed his high beams, made me pull-over, and delivered what I surely would have missed), seemingly countless phone calls from the social worker as we drove through the rural roads of Delaware, feeling more nervous than I ever have prior to a date or performance as we walked up to the hospital room, entering and hearing “there are your parents,” giving him his first bottle (he was SO VERY TINY), wondering what color his eyes might be (he didn’t really open his eyes for weeks after being born), counting his fingers and toes, holding him as I watched the final outs of the 2009 World Series (a Yankee win over the Phillies), a late night trip to Friendly’s, because that was the only place would could find that was open and serving food. I can recall all of that, as if it happened this morning.

Heck, I can recall all of that better than I can recall events of this actual morning.

To my video-game-playing, ninja-class-taking, silly, goofy, star-wars-loving, ice-cream-addicted son, I love you. Happy Birthday.


Clink Clink

color run


daddy cuddles


Hershey Park

ice cream


matching shirts


ninja punch

sibling cuddles


snuggling Hobbes

Super CJ


war games

1 Note to self, introduce Short Circuit to the regular movie watching. Little dude is going to love it.

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  1. Aw, happy birthday, CJ!

    (note: I LOVED Short Circuit. Still do, but when we queued it up for F a couple of years ago, we quickly remembered that the humor and the language is a little salty. Yay, Eighties comedy… Most of it went right over his head, but I kind of felt like I dodged a bullet.)

    • Yeah . . . I’m painfully aware of a LOT of salty stuff that I don’t remember from my own childhood — and 80’s comedies, well, chances are things will go over his head. Heck, the other day, CJ used “shit” contextually appropriately.

  2. aerin33 permalink

    As someone who was adopted in November, this is so awesome to hear! Tell the little guy I said happy birthday!

  3. Happy birthday to him!

    And yes. Short Circuit is a must.

    • I think, after dinner tonight, it may be time to break it out . . . it’s his birthday, after all, I might let him stay up a little late to watch a movie.

  4. Happy birthday to CJ!!! I love that you and Duffy had this experience, and have given him such a wonderful home.

  5. Happy Birthday, CJ! I think that we each remember the day that our children came to us–by whatever means they arrived–far better than pretty much any other day.

    • Oh, I agree, fully — though I can recall CJ’s birth with greater clarity than his sister’s, but that can be a generalized lack of sleep to head into the day (we KNEW Leila was being born the next day, so the night before was quite…exciting)

  6. Aw, what a cutie, and what a story. Happy birthday, little dude! And for the record, 5 is pretty fun. 🙂

  7. How fun! Hopefully you guys had a fabulous day!

    I think about the time you get used to being parent, parenting takes a dramatic turn and your kids grow up. You’re like what the heck? I just got this shit figured out and now the rules all changed?

    • You know, you’re right . . . even now, it seems, as quickly as I get used to “the norm,” whatever rules I happen to be playing “the parenting game” by change.

      And we did have a fabulous day — karate then hibachi dinner 🙂

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