Sunday, December 16, 2012

I've spent the weekend reveling in having my older son home for Christmas break.

My younger son and I had picked out a white pine and put it up two weeks ago, and I put the lights on it, and then kept it watered and waiting until we were all here.  I have the sort of household where an impromptu concert might break out at any moment.  My younger son bought himself a violin and is teaching himself the Irish ballads he loves.  My older son in turn bought a banjo, which he was instantly able to play as he is already proficient on guitar, bass and ukelele (and piano and saxophone, but those are a little different). I am convinced his brains are in his fingertips.
A moment of tree-decorating silliness, when they gave the star balls and insisted on a photo before I had them move the ornaments to other parts of the tree.  Incidentally, the are only an inch different in height, but my younger son was bare-footed and his brother had on boots. Today, my older son was telling me that if he could strike one fruit from the earth, it would be tomatoes.  I asked about cantaloupes, a food he loathes. He said, "They  aren't fruit."  "What do you mean they aren't fruit?" I asked.  He said, "They are Satan's testicles."  "What?!?" Straight-faced, he insisted, "Cantaloupes are manifestations of Satanic testicular spheritude."
Still, I'm glad to have the kid home.  It warms my heart to hear the boys talking and laughing together, and makes me happy to have him sitting here in the den with me, playing whatever instrument is at hand.

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  1. satans testicles...lol....bet its fun listening to the banjo though...

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    1. It is. And the things he says to me make me laugh, so that's good, too.

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  2. There's nothing more lovely than spontaneous music around the house. I'm impressed with how gifted both boys are that direction.

    Lotza balls and ball talk floating around the house, too, in addition to all those musical notes.

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    1. Ball talk. Yep. I am outnumbered around here, that's for sure!

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  3. Aw what handsome talented sons you have too. I would love to be graced with an impromptu concert. It is a great time of year to spend with the kids especially because the older they get as we seem to get less opportunity to do so. I am with your son on the whole Cantaloupe debate lol. Too funny. By the way your tree looks wonderful too.

    And thanks for your comment about gun control. It is hard when we only have the media to look at but really interesting to know how Americans individually feel about the issue. It is not an easy subject I realise for anyone.

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    1. My other son and I both love cantaloupe, but my image of them is forever altered now!

      And you are right that it isn't an easy subject, but my hope is that it will spur changes. I just hate the price we're paying to do so.

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  4. LOL with the balls in the tree; only guys can come up with something like that!! Talented son you have there with his wide range of musical instruments played! Enjoy his break! I'm sure it will go way too fast, so take time and enjoy his time home!!!

    betty

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    1. Boys/men are ball-obsessed. Something women tend to find baffling!

      The break is already speeding by too quickly!

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  5. Yayyy I've found you. And I'm oceangirl :)

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  6. At least the big balls weren't hanging low! So glad your sons are both home and enjoying the holidays together. Isn't it funny how we all have a fruit we despise, considering their sweetness?

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    1. Ha! True enough.

      I don't have a fruit I despise. Well, unless you count dried coconut, which tastes like flavored cardboard to me.

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  7. I could relate so much to the sentiments you were describing in having them both there together. So happy you're treasuring these times.

    LOL to the cantaloupes!

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  8. Ha, boys will be boys and all that. Perhaps one day they'll act more sensibly! It must be good to have him home for Christmas though. But how can anyone not like tomatoes? Tasty, easy to eat, nutritious, what's not to like?

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    1. Probably not! And that's okay.

      I don't know why he doesn't like tomatoes, but he never has.I put two grape tomatoes on his plate the other day and he did eat them.

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  9. "Cantaloupes are manifestations of Satanic testicular spheritude."

    Best. Line. Ever.

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  10. I always enjoy your updates about your sons. Great that you have the family together for the holidays and that everyone is doing so well. Happy holidays to all of you!

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    1. Thanks It's the one thing I like about the holidays.

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  11. Finally i get to see the updates on your blog....

    I am happy that you get to spend some quality time with your son during holiday season.

    My blogs are as follows:

    http://sabiangel.blogspot.ca/

    http://sabisunshine.blogspot.ca/

    Love
    Sabi Sunshine

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    1. Thanks. Glad to see you here as well. I will be by to visit later.

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  12. A fine family, SAW. Hope your holiday continues to be wonderful. It's snowing now (again), wish I could transport a foot or so in your direction.

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    1. What? No! Don't wish that on me - you know how I feel about the cold!

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  13. Hmm giving the star balls and Satan's testicles - I know I've gotten myself stuck on one subject before. It's great to have the music to change the subject. BTW - I got a laugh from this post.

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    1. Teenage boys - one track minds. And I'm glad to share the laughs.

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  14. An impromptu concert would be grand-- with out without "balls". What a hoot.

    Glad your family is with you and you're all having fun. And your trees is beautiful!

    xo jj

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    1. Thank you! I always feel lucky with my boys.

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  15. Love the thought of impromptu concerts! In my house, they are strictly vocal. Some of us have good voices...some of us, not so much :)
    I like the blue lights in your tree. And the balls. Ho ho ho!

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    1. My voice is in the not so much category, but I sing anyway! The lights are white, but they are LED, so they look bluish next to the incandescent bulbs of the star.

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  16. Good times, SAW, delighted for you!

    As I began to read this, I had one of those moments, on Ipod was mediaeval Irish music, so it was a lovely feeling reading about your talented progeny!!

    XO
    WWW

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  17. I used to love listening to my youngest son play the guitar. Like your son he seems to be able to play whatever instrument he picks up - I think he gets that from my grandfather who was a proficient musician. My eldest son is not musical at all but he can dance!

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    1. So both with rhythm, just different talents.

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  18. how wonderful to have such musically inclined kids who enjoy playing together. and your oldest, though i disagree with his assessments of both tomatoes and cantaloupes, is HILARIOUS....as is the tree star with balls....then again i once hung a penis gourd on the tree.

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    1. They surely keep me entertained, I'll give them that.

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  19. Boys....gotta love them! Thanks for the laugh. Your tree has some balls! Looks like a lot of fun going on at your house.

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