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About a Son

     He was born ornery and beautiful, after 54 hours of stalling. How beautiful? The nurses showed him 'round the floor because he was that pretty.
     He grew up ornery and smart.
     How ornery? Before he walked, he crawled backwards, squalling with frustration as the objects of his desires shrank in his field of vision. He eventually got it right, though.
     How smart? When he was six or so, he noticed some daily rant of his mother's, some harangue about how the day sucked. He drew an unsmiley face - just an apathetic horizontal slash under the penciled dot eyes - with the admonition "Have A Day" on it. When he gave it to me, his eyes sparkled. He made me grin. That takes talent.
     He grew up talented.
     How talented? Have you got a while? He's a comic actor with timing, girning, and attitude to spare. He plays four- and six-stringed instruments easily, beautifully, creatively. He plays the studio, too, when he gets a chance, and the sounds are gorgeous. He sings, and he sings harmony. They're almost two different things, and those of you who sing know what I mean. He writes only occasionally, damn his eyes, but when he does, it's always worth reading. He has a singularly twisted wit, is passionate about democracy, has voted in every election - every election, right down to aldermanic elections in off-years - since he was able to vote. He loves to cook, and has instinctive creativity in the kitchen. He dances as good as he walks.
     He's not perfect, but who is?
     He is gentle, happy, generous, lazy, creative, brave, moody, thoughtful, hard-working when necessary, afraid, funny, opinionated, stronger than he thinks, and he makes this world a better place just by being in it.
      This is Andrew Louis McNeill Berlien, and I love him. Happy Birthday, booga84 !

Picture courtesy James Plunkett


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
I still smile thinking about that little song video of his that you linked to once.

Oct. 21st, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, I love that I have a son who does covers of They Might Be Giants. Heh.
Oct. 21st, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Well, honestly, what did you expect? I mean, really?

Oct. 21st, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
A doctor? A lawyer? But noooooo ....
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
How the heck did 25 years pass so quickly by?

Happy birthday, booga84! Goshwow.
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, I could have sworn I was just holding him in my arms and wondering how the hell this babyparentkidtakingcareloveohmygod stuff worked.
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Aww, happy birthday to him!

And what an awesome picture.
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
He's a handsome devil, isn't he?< /motherly pride >

Edited at 2009-10-21 04:35 am (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to your son, and congratulations to you!
Oct. 21st, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for both: one I'll pass on to the proper recipient, the other I accept for myself.
Oct. 21st, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
You should. I couldn't have done it without you.
Oct. 21st, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
No, we're partners on this, darlin', so have some congratulations yourself!
Jul. 22nd, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Found Andrew's passport and box of musical objects
We've sent Andrew 2 Facebook messages but have gotten no response. We found his passport and a box of expensive-looking stuff in the alley behind our place in Rogers Park, Chicago. Looks like they got left behind????
Would you let him know-- he can answer our messages on Facebook. Thank you. Marilyn and David
Jul. 22nd, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Found Andrew's passport and box of musical objects
Hello, Marilyn and David; I hope you can help us contact you. Andy tells us that your messages didn't come through on his Facebook page: for some reason they're not showing up. You can contact him, and me, through this page, but it would be faster if you called me at 773-743-7421. Thanks so much for going to this effort. K.
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