It’s so interesting to me, genetics. I look at Milo, his coloring like peaches and cream, eyes sea foam green, hair blond as the hills of dry grass in the winter. His eyes are all Andrew, but his lightness is a mystery — a beautiful surprise that stands in such contrast to his dark-eyed and dark-haired brothers. And at seven-and-a-half, his body is continually stretching upward into long, lean muscles. I didn’t know his softness would go away so soon! That his chubby little cheeks and belly would be replaced by solid muscle! Holding him on my lap, he is all angles and edges.
As is the tradition, I decided to ask him a few questions to mark this time in his life.
How old are you today? Seven-and-a-half years old.
What is your favorite time of day? Right after lunch. Recess!
And your favorite color? Green!
Favorite food? Peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches.
Best memory from this past winter? Going to circus class.
Who is your best friend? Malachi, Cora, and Max!
What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist, same as last time.
What do you do when you are feeling sad? Cry. Pretty obvious.
Favorite book? The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
What is your favorite movie? Princess Bride and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
What is your favorite thing to do in school? Recess, kickball, dodgeball, usually kick the can.
Most embarrassing moment? When I broke the garage window with the bucket. That was soooooo embarrassing!
Favorite joke? The “stand on one foot” joke. So, you’re walking home from school and you bet your friend a dollar if they cannot stand on one foot for three whole minutes without talking or falling. That’s step one. Then, you knock real loud on some crabby neighbor’s door. That’s step two… and then you run. I got the idea from a book.
How does it feel to be seven-and-a-half? Sometimes if feels strange and kind of embarrassing. There are hurtful moments in my life. And I get really frustrated with Oliver.
See Milo’s answers to similar questions a year ago, and at four-and-three-quarters, and three-and-a-half. So great.