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Friday, January 16, 2009

Peabody and Me



You know what they didn't tell me about being the Mama of a little boy?

They didn't tell me that almost as soon as he was born, I'd sense in him this quiet, simple, masculinity, and I'd cherish it in the deepest part of me. I'm as yet unable to define it, or put my finger on its origin, but I hold him against me, this solid hunk of boyishness, and somehow his closeness to me, his connection with me, explains the mystery of maleness that has eluded me my whole life long.

I feel in some ways that God has blessed me with a son so that I can experience and understand manhood in a way I never could have without my Matthew.

And it is gentle. But strong. And powerful. And I connect with it and feel lifted by it.

My BOY. MY boy. Always. My sweet, sweet Matthew.




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31 comments:

  1. You're so right. There's just something about boys. I have three of them, all mostly grown up, and I revel in their masculinity.

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  2. Megan - this is such a sweet post. And - I love the picture!

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  3. little boys just melt into you when you cuddle them

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  4. I have a sweet Matthew myself and two other little boy darlings and there is just something wonderful about boys.

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  5. How true, and how wonderful. You wrote it perfectly.

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  6. So you know I don't have a boy....so you'll just have to whisper the secrets of manhood my way. I don't want to be in the dark.....eeeeekkkkk.

    oh and love the pic. I love me a mei tei carrier. :)

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  7. So beautiful. As Mama to a 13-month-old boy, I can totally relate. So, so true...

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  8. THEY LOVE THEIR MAMA! I love that they let you know everyday by smiling and lovin ya. With a girl you have so many more expectations because you feel that it is your job to make sure she understands what being a little lady is all about. Little boys roll with it and bounce back so quickly. They worry less!

    Katie E.

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  9. Aw,that's so precious.
    I have 2 lil girls, no boys. I had 11 nephews before my girls came along, though. I loved watching them grow from tiny babies, sweet toddlers, wacky kids, then into grown men.
    Ame in TN

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  10. So sweet! He is getting so big- and You are looking quite well too. Love your hair

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  11. Boys are so very special, aren't they??? Of course girls are too, but I expected that. I didn't get the boy thing until I had one. And at 9 years old, I can tell you, having a boy is still incredibly special. It gives me a greater appreciation for my husband and brother, for sure.

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  12. My firstborn was a Matthew. I just totally got him. Plus, I had dreamed about him my whole life long. We were so into each other. I miss those days. Now he's totally into his woman. (but I really like her too)

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  13. And it doesn't hurt that he is so darn cute!

    I love your hair by the way.

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  14. I agree. I remember the first time I noticed Samuel's little stinky feet smell and his fuzzy little toddler upper lip. Precious to this mama's heart.

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  15. I couldnt have put it better. My boys show me something new everyday about the life of a boy. It is amazing!

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  16. Oh yes. I adore my daughters but something about the boys...

    Love your Mei Tai!

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  17. Aren't little boys the best!?!? I can completely relate and I appreciate you putting this unspoken and unseen relationship into words.

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  18. Your wee man is just perfection! So nice to come back after a holiday and see such a lovely photo.

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  19. Only girls in our house so far but I've always been really, really nervous about having a boy. I'm afraid that I would not know what to do! This post definitely alleviates some of my fears of how to raise a boy.

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  20. You KNOW I hear you! ;) I'm so excited that you DID have a boy this time, because - well, I have no girls so I can't really compare, but ohhhh it's just so wonderful to be a boy mummy! I love it, and adore my little men! I love how you put it all. And your hair! Reeeally nice! Matthew is just so adorable. *sigh*

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  21. All too true :D
    Having one of each like you I've enjoyed the differances and have to say there is nothing quite like a cuddle from your boy!

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  22. Amen. I have three boys, and it's a constant mystery around here -even though I tell the ones who understand that I know what they're thinking.

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  23. Oh, sweet. Yes, there's something special about a boy and his mom.

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  24. Aren't y'all gorgeous?

    I love being a mom to boys. And I love even more watching them develop that special father-son relationship with their daddy. Never has a sweeter phrase been uttered than "Dad's my best friend" in my experience.

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  25. What a nice picture of both of you! Where did you get the mei tai- it's cute, too! :)

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  26. What a sweet post. I love being a mother to a boy. I came to your site via your 5 Minutes for Parenting Post comparing the first year of college to the first year of motherhood. LOVED it! I'll definitely be back!

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  27. Oh Mama! I'm melting over here at the idea of it ;)

    Hugs,
    Steph

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  28. I can see some of that yummy goodness he's hiding in those cheeks!

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  29. Oh that fuzzy lil head, he is so cute! And you're lookin' pretty good yer'self missy :)
    I agree, there's just something about boys (in my home this is usually uttered after a loud "oof" comes outta my mouth!)

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