See the one in the middle, staring at the dust motes in the sun beam and fondling a toy grenade? Today is his first full day being seven.
He says it feels the same, since he's the same height and all. Maybe if he'd grown a foot overnight or something, it would feel different, but not as it is.
Yesterday, Daddy Honey woke up with him at dawn, and after admiring the pink and gold clouds, they played Wii well into the morning. We dropped Daddy Honey off at work, then went to see a movie, "Rise of the Guardians." He wanted popcorn. From the theater. He'd never gotten that before and wanted to try some. We dropped as much as we ate, but it was good, and they loved the movie. He still didn't believe in Santa or the Sandman or anything, he said, but the movie did help him to not be so afraid of the dark.
Back home in the afternoon, we made a vanilla cake with strawberries on top. I missed my mom's collection of cake pans. As a kid, I always chose heart-shaped. Some day, I want to make the boys a two-layer round. And he had asked Daddy Honey to make his sauteed bok choi for dinner. We ate the greens, sang the song, ate the cake, and played with presents--two toy grenades, two packs of cap-gun rounds, and a science lab set.
There was a surprise explosion! Vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda under pressure in a capped flask then shaken up. "Lucky I was wearing my goggles," he said, "but I do taste kind of gross lemon juice."
This morning, he popped out of bed when it was still dark outside, woke Daddy Honey, and got back to the lab still in pajamas and before birthday cake breakfast. I asked that all the finished formulas be dumped in the tub, since they're mostly combinations of vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, and water. I had visions of going in there to give a good scrub, congratulating myself on not wasting the materials. But I have a feeling that some other ingredients got added at some point--maybe cumin, mustard seeds, and olive oil, because my bath tub is looking less like green cleaning recipes and more like hummus.
So far, seven is pretty great.