Lacy, my niece, just turned twenty. The fact, I think, bummed Greg out a little. You know, the whole "it all goes too fast, blink and they're twenty," thing. I started playing the numbers game in my head: Greg's fifty, Lacy's twenty. When Dylan's twenty, I'll be fifty-five. Fifty-five! I'll probably be wearing those gigantic side-flap sunglasses that old people get at the optometrist's office and peeing ten times a night by then.
chinks (Chaps, for you city-folks. Quit dialing the ACLU.) and a huge Lego set. The day after her party, I thought I'd step out the back door of the house and shoot a few squirrels. Dylan was still in full party mode and wearing, I think, her party dress from the day before. When I told her what I was doing, she wanted to come with me. "Let me get my dolly first, Daddy," Dylan told me. Dolly's and dead squirrels, together at last.
Grady, too, has hit a milestone. Sort of. I'd written about Dylan at nine months (75% in weight, 95% in height) and I remember her as a pretty big baby. Maybe big isn't right: solid is more fitting. She was often called a boy by strangers, and on several occasions, I got a, "Oh, he's going to be a good football player." Grady is just big. At his nine-month check-up last week, he was 95% in weight and 60% in height. Kind of a flip-flop of Dylan, and he's never been confused for a girl, but I do get, "Oh, he's going to be a football." I hope they mean football player, but he very well could be the football. He's shaped for it anyway. He's all hips, thighs, and smiles.
This morning, Regina and I watched Grady as he toppled over from a sitting positing, then struggled, like an upside down turtle, to get himself righted. He finally got himself in a comfortable position and grinned at us. "I love that he's staying a baby for so long," Regina told me. I hadn't thought of that. I'm always wondering, "What's next?" -- teeth, crawling, school, girlfriends, cars, graduation, twenty -- when I should be looking at what is now. Maybe I'll do that a little more often, as soon as I can find my giant side-flap sunglasses.