A few days after losing James and Jake, I remember sitting on the couch in my living room. I believe I was with my sisters and my mom and I know I was very upset. Tears fell relentlessly down my cheeks. I remember this beautiful four year old, crawling onto the couch, into my lap and facing me, he wiped my tears and said “I got you, Mama.” He laid his head on my shoulder.
At that moment, this boy taught me that simple words and simple gestures, and the power of just following your heart, can provide comfort beyond measure to a grieving heart. I learned this from a four year old boy.
Noah is wise. He’s patient. He is a teacher. He is a thinker. He understands the value of family. He is loyal. He is brave.
This past year, Noah played baseball. His first at bat of the season and this boy walks up, and turns around and breaks down. He was yelling at me. He was yelling at his Dad. “I DON’T WANT TO DO IT. I CAN’T DO IT. PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME BAT.” Mind you, this boy NEVER yells at anyone, let alone his parents. The fence stood between us. The umpire was watching, his coach was next to him, both teams stared. I pointed my finger at him and quietly said “you are going to bat and you are going to bat right now. We don’t walk away from things because we are scared.” I turned around and sat down and he walked up to the plate, tears in his eyes and he walked.
It was the most amazing walk I had ever seen in my life. Later, he went to bat again and he hit the ball but was out at first, but what a thrill.
And at the end of the game, the coach gave him the game ball. He received the game ball four times this year. For great plays, for great hits and for being a great kid.
This boy teaches me. He makes me better. He is such a wonderful gift.
Last night, I asked him some questions for our annual birthday interview, it’s hard to believe this was our 8 birthday interview.
Hi Noah. Hi
So, what’s new? I’m turning twelve tomorrow.
Oh, wow, that’s exciting. Are you excited? Yeah.
What are you plans? I’m going to school, which will be boring but fun and I’m going to Industrial Revolution and open a few gifts and eat cake.
What’s your favorite thing about school right now? uhhhh…lunch because I get a break from all of the extra school work that I have to do from being abset for four weeks.
And what’s your favorite subject? Math.
Do you actually enjoy math? No, I just like numbers.
And who are your best friends? Ethan, Aaron, Joel and Conner
What’s your favorite thing to do with them? Play games outside, we usually make up games.
Do you like winter? Kinda, because well, when it’s snows, it’s the best and I don’t like that it’s so cold and we can’t go outside a lot.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the warmer months? I like tag or basketball or riding my bike.
What’s your favorite game on the ipad right now? Minecraft, Clash of Clans and watching you tube video about Minecraft. I like the commentary.
What’s your favorite color? Orange.
What’s your favorite thing about Eli? He’s funny and he likes to play games with me most of the time. Do you like that he’s your brother? Yes, because I like having a little brother.
What’s your favorite thing about Anna? She’s really funny and smart.
What’s your favorite thing about Clara? She’s friendly and cuddly and soft.
What’s your favorite thing about Harper? She’s so cuddly and soft and pretty and rough.
What’s your favorite thing about your Mama? That she doesn’t give up on he dream of photography and when something bad happens she doesn’t give up and she always doesn’t quit.
What do you want to be when you get older? Maybe a chef.
What’s your favorite meal? Lasagna, mostaccioli, chili, naked burritos, chicken tortilla soup, chicken noodle soup. spaghetti and pizza.
What’s your favorite book? Holes by Louis Sachar
Do you have a favorite sport? Basketball, I like shooting baskets.
If you could spend an entire day doing what you wanted, what would you do? Playing outside with all of the sport equipment that I wanted.
Are you a happy fellow? Yes.
What makes you happy? My family, my friends, my hobbies and food.