Friday, April 6, 2012

Odds and ends - and a man's voice

The Boy's youth group did the gospel reading at Good Friday mass tonight.  They read the story of the death of Christ.  The Boy spoke the part of Jesus. He said his lines clearly, without a trace of nervousness. He had a calm, soothing confidence about him as he spoke in his newly deepened voice. I sat near the back of the church with a squirming baby who was teething and not feeling well, her cheeks flushed with a mild fever. I'd wanted to stay home with her, but couldn't bring myself to miss The Boy's performance.  When Goblin heard the voice of her brother from the front of the church, she stopped thrashing about, straightened up and looked around for him.

I thought it was interesting that she recognized his voice instantly because when I listened, it sounded so alien.  When did The Boy's voice become so deep? It sounded like a man's voice; not the artificially deepened voice of an adolescent trying not to let his voice waver or crack. It was a clear, deep, confident man's voice speaking out in front of a whole church full of people.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that it seems like only yesterday when he looked up at me, blue eyes fringed with luxuriant lashes, and asked me to read him a bedtime story in a soft, high pitched cherubic voice.

There is no easy transition to my next topic, so {insert awkward segue here.}

I clearly have the sense of humor of an adolescent boy, as noted in a text conversation between my brother and me earlier today:

Z: You at home?
Me: No, but [The Husband] is... Why. What's up?
Z: I want to measure your deck.
Z: That reads weird.
Me: I apparently have the sense of humor of a thirteen year old boy.
Z: Haha. Me too.

Maybe it was a case of 'you had to be there' but it seriously cracked me up.

I had lunch with a friend today who I haven't seen in a while. It always amazes me how we can pick up as if it had been days instead of months since we last saw each other.  I made some really great friends at my first "real" post-college job. We're all scattered around the area, working for different companies now, but we still get together occasionally. It was good to see her, great to hear about her family, her plans, and her new house. I almost canceled on her because I am very swamped at work. I had a meeting that I had to be back for and knew it would be a rushed lunch. But I didn't cancel. It was a good reminder to me that even though work is hectic and life at home is nothing short of chaotic, continuing to nurture friendships is still important. I know, I know. I can hear you thinking, "Well DUH, Captain Obvious."

This weekend is Easter. I need to get some baskets and candy and Spring toys for the kids, but haven't ventured out to do that yet. Think I'll plan to head out at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning. That way I'll have the aisles to myself.

Which means that I should quit yammering on and get ready for bed. I'm fairly certain I will hear that clear voice of The Boy's as I drift away tonight. "It is you who say I am," He'll say, reciting one of the lines of the gospel... As I fall asleep, I'll hear the words in his newly acquired man's voice.

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