Since these two could walk, they've charged around outdoors, rain or shine, having adventures of every description. In the above photo, Righty's spade holds a dead bumblebee, illustrating a story that accurately outlines his character. Righty found this bee lying on the pavement in our back garden, on a chilly autumn afternoon when he was three. He proudly carried it around in the spade for a time, looking after it and talking to it, playing happily, bringing it to show me. Then he decided to hold it in his hand. Even though the bee was dead, the stinger was obviously still there, and Righty suffered a painful tiny wound. Devastated, he threw the bee to the ground and cried loudly, stamping on the body of the bumblebee. Within seconds, he had completely let go of his rage and was tenderly and carefully putting the bee back on the spade, and talking about finding a "grave" for it. Still chatting to the bee in his gruff little voice, he carried it over to a hole and buried it.
Righty's tenacity and stubbornness are legendary. Here he attempts heroically, at the age of 2 1/2, to ride our friend AJ's bike.
He is stubborn, but reasonable. He is wise, and strong, both physically and mentally. He's also quite calming, a quality that doesn't go unnoticed by his mama in our loud and crazy household!
As he and Lefty are turning ten this year, it took me a while to put together a list of questions I felt connected both with their past, present, and future. This is what I came up with.
What is the adventure you would most like to have? To be in a real Lord of the Rings adventure
What would you like to do when you grow up? Probably a storm-chaser, but I don't want to decide just yet
What's that going to be like? Crazy and exciting
What's your favourite tea? It doesn't matter what we're eating; I just like food
What's your favourite cake or pudding? Baked cheesecake
Who do you like hanging out with? Lots of people, and Coo, who especially likes to hang out with me when I have sweets
What do you enjoy doing with me? Playing draughts
What do you enjoy doing with Dad? Playing mini-golf
What do you enjoy doing with Coo? Having tea-parties, and giving her sweets
What do you enjoy doing with Lefty? Playing card games
What do you enjoy doing with Mr J? Playing with water-guns and drawing
What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Reading the "Hardy Boys" mystery stories
What's your favourite family day out together? Going to the beach in Wales
What makes you happy? Lots of things, like having homemade pizza
What makes you sad? Lots of things
What do you enjoy learning about the most? History
If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be? A safe time
Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet? Bear Grylls
If there were any imaginary/pretend things you could choose to do, what would it be? Fighting in Middle Earth as Aragorn
Righty's last birthday interview can be found here.
These birthday interviews are an idea from Lauren, who writes over at Sparkling Adventures.