Monday, February 27, 2012


Each day, he brings home a folder and his teacher has colored in that day's bucket on a paper calendar.

Green for a good day.
Yellow if there was a problem of some sort.
Red for something serious.

He came home from school with a yellow bucket in his folder. I imagine his teacher - in trying to briefly explain what had happened - felt slightly exasperated at finding the right words.

"Just silly", she wrote.


"Max", my husband called him into the kitchen.


Max came running into the room.

"You got a yellow bucket today, bud."


Max - without a second of hesitation and with a spark in his eye replied, "Yeah, but I made the whole class laugh."

We looked at each other. Bit our tongues in an all out FAIL at trying to hold it together. Looked back at the proud smile on his face and did everything we could to drum up some appropriate parenting skills while our instincts were blatantly failing us.


"That was me, you know?", my husband said shaking his head.

"Well", I replied, "you turned out alright."

"Yeah, well, let's just hope he doesn't discover what blue duct tape can do when stuck to the girl's hair who's sitting in front of him."


Happy 6th Birthday to our Max - our chubby-cheeked toddler who has grown into a marvelous boy.

May your yellow buckets turn green.

And, may you never find the duct tape.

But, may you never lose your love for making others laugh.



  1. Happy Birthday to sweet Max! I can't believe how big he is getting. Making others laugh is a great skill and will take him far in life!

  2. Hilarious story. Precious post. As always, you found just the exact right words to share. I love reading your blog!

  3. Happy Birthday, Max!

    1. He was the cutest chubby toddler ever.
    2. How is it that he's no longer a chubby todder?
    3. I love how his eyes, when he smiles big, get almost closed. Like it's an extra special dream.

  4. oh my word.
    this is the perfect birthday post ;)

    happy birthday to your silly max!

  5. happy birthday you cute little thing! Those cheeks, I just love them!

  6. enjoyed this post! (as I always do). Happy birthday!

  7. He stole my heart the very first time I met him.

  8. WOW!!! What an AWESOME AWESOME post!! He is adorable.