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Raising a Son - With Humor

My baby's baby picture...taken in the hospital.

My baby's baby picture...taken in the hospital.

His Birth

On May 26, 1976 (a birthday year celebration for our Country) my youngest son, and last child, was born. After four children it was decided we had enough to go around. Each of these beautiful children were a gift and I was proud to be their mother. Searching for baby boy names was not a problem, I had always wanted to name a son after my Dad. My first son was named after my husband so I thought it only fair that this one be named after my father and so began his story. I will not use his name to protect him and his career(this is the time to smile).

I wouldn't exactly consider his beginnings normal. As I was in labor waiting for the doctor to arrive the nurses were all telling me not to push. I must explain for those of you who have never had natural childbirth...when the baby is ready to arrive and your body is telling you to push, no amount of people saying "don't push" is going to stop things! As the doctor arrived, he took his position, picked up a pair of scissors and caught my son like a football as my son propelled himself from my body. He was in a rush that day and has been ever since.

Seven months old posing with his sisters' dolls.

Seven months old posing with his sisters' dolls.

Early Years

This little guy had a charm about him you couldn't resist, that and the fact that his two older sisters thought he was their baby, made for an interesting childhood for my baby boy. Not only did they treat him like their baby, but they treated him like their toy. Now this is not to say I wasn't a good mother, its just to say I wanted everyone to love the new baby and not harbor any resentments...and remember he is the fourth of four children! I was only too happy to let his sisters get to know him better.

I have to admit, my little guy loved the attention the girls lavished on him. He did whatever they wanted him to do and never objected. The best part was he learned how to play with others and how to play with him.This little boy growing up learned to do everything with a sense of humor. In spite of the time he spent with his sisters, he was all boy! (He played Little League Baseball and JV and Varsity Football in high school.)

"Boys are under the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years." James Thurber...I think Mr. Thurber knew my youngest son. As a little one, this child could get into more trouble than any of the other three of my children put together. In the blink of an eye he could disappear and get himself into a heap of trouble.

For example, when my son was somewhere between the ages of three and five, he didn't believe clothes were a necessity. He would often sneak out of the house (we lived in a neighborhood where kids could go outside to play, unattended, at that time), with no clothes on at all. He thought nothing of running up and down the street that way. Now you may not think this is a funny situation but let me tell you what happened one day when he climbed a tree au naturale.

After getting to the top of a very high tree, he was afraid to come down and cried he needed help. My husband wasn't home at the time so I called a neighbor to come over and help. My neighbor stood at the bottom of the tree looking up with a puzzled look on his face. He turned to me and said, "Is that his bare bottom I see up there?" It most certainly was, my little boy had climbed that tree without a stitch of clothes on, that means no shoes or socks either. Since he was so high in the tree my neighbor knew it wouldn't hold his weight and began trying to talk my son down. It was times like these that cultivated my sense of humor, after all at this point all I could do was point my hands on my hips, turn my head and laugh. After the laughter, and the descent from the tree, all was well.

Through the Years

My youngest son and our bird 'Trouble' were good friends...'Trouble' liked to put his head in my son's mouth.

My youngest son and our bird 'Trouble' were good friends...'Trouble' liked to put his head in my son's mouth.

This is just before he put his chef's hat on.

This is just before he put his chef's hat on.

Tween to Teen

While his childhood was exciting for all of us, including his teachers, it is when he became a 'tween that things got interesting and his sense of humor began to truly blossom. I might mention here that he often tweeked my sense of humor as well. As I write I'm trying to think of which stories to include, its so hard to just pick a few.

We have a cockatiel and my youngest son, a true animal lover, had a lot of fun with our cockatiel named "Trouble". One day toward the end of his senior year, Senior Prank Time, he and a friend managed to somehow get hold of the PA system in his high school and my son announced, "Trouble is in the building...please be on the look out for Trouble". High schoolers were scratching their heads and trying to figure out that message!

Then there are his escapades as he got older. He worked for my sister-in-law in her deli/cafe and often helped with catering. They were catering a wedding one day and the rest of the group said to him that they had collected twenty dollars that they would pay him if he took his shirt off and went out and danced the Macarena with the wedding guests. Yup, he did. The bride and groom thought it was hilarious while some of there guests looked at each other and asked, "who is that guy?"

On another occasion at work, a collection was gathered and he was told if he would dance on the main road in his underwear they would give him the twenty dollars. He did, with only his underpants, apron and chef's hat, (this time he had shoes and socks on though). He went onto the main road juggling grapefruit in thirty-two degree were beeping their horns and flashing their lights as they drove by laughing....I think this pre-dates the naked cowboy in Times Square.

Senior year, final game.  My son and I.

Senior year, final game. My son and I.

My son's photo to his girlfriend, and yes, that is snow on the ground, it is Christmas after all ;)

My son's photo to his girlfriend, and yes, that is snow on the ground, it is Christmas after all ;)

One last Christmas when his girlfriend was with her family and he couldn't be there he decided to send her a photo of himself on his cell phone. Her grandmother was sitting beside her when she got the picture (she hadn't met my son yet) and was a bit shocked when she saw it....she did laugh though.

There are so many, many stories....oh, how about this one. My daughter and her husband were moving from an apartment into their first home. The two weren't very far from each other so the moving wasn't too difficult. While my daughter and son-in-law were taking some things to their new house my son decided to play a prank. He took the TV and put it in the bathtub. When my daughter and son-in-law returned they thought it had been stolen and called the police. A report was filled out by the officer that came to the apartment. Later, when we were all together and they told him what had happened, he exclaimed, "Oh no, didn't you look in the bathroom!"

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He's a prankster and joker....he loves children and animals and they love him. He is always fun to be around and yet he has a serious, intelligent side too. He works for Homeland Security and is a Sergeant in the National Guard. He has been a blessing and a joy throughout my life and I love him dearly. Now, his wife is expecting a baby and we are all wondering. "what will their baby be like?" Will it have his sense of adventure? His twisted sense of humor? His overwhelming love for everyone and everything? I know one thing for sure, it will be an adorable baby and we are all going to love that baby!!

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Mary Craig (author) from New York on April 08, 2013:

How very true DDE!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 05, 2013:

Truly amazing thoughts here and every parent should be proud of their children no matter what.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on February 27, 2013:

I 've been fortunate PaisleeGal, all four of my kids have a sense of humor! You are so right though, a happy child is a beautiful child and an absolute joy to be with. Enjoy that son's baby is due the end of March and we can't wait..grandchild number seven.

Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on February 26, 2013:

What a fun read!! Sense of humor is so important in life. I have only 1 grandchild, who's almost 3 yrs old. He's been happy since day one. Says a lot for his parents. His dad is my son. It's such a joy to be around a happy child.

You must do a hub about the child of this happy #4 son of yours.

Voted up!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 27, 2012:

Oh Mizjo you have said it so well! Each is so precious, special, and loved. All four of my kids are good friends in adulthood and it is wonderful to see.

mizjo from New York City, NY on November 27, 2012:

I can just see you making another hub about the new baby. Are they not all so precious? No matter how many babies go through your hands, each one is adorable and special and most loved. You do have some funny stories about your son. He looks like a darling guy.

My youngest remains 'the baby brother' to his four siblings, and he took advantage of their softness for him while he was growing up (he's now 28). I'm proud to say, all the kids have a great time for one another. I wouldn't exchange motherhood for anything else in the world!

This is a great hub, and I love your pictures.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 23, 2012:

Thanks Lord, I like to think he takes after me....humor is the good side of life ;) Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

Brett, its always good to remember the good ties. Thanks for sharing!

Brett C from Asia on November 22, 2012:

Up and awesome. Sounds like you shared some fun times, and he probably caused a few gray hairs! lol ...

Sharing to make some others smile.

Joseph De Cross from New York on November 21, 2012:

I'm a dad of a senior airman, and I have seen these pics before. LIFE has a meaning and a purpose after all. Great story from a mom's POV. I see, he inherited your humor and your resilience. Happy thanksgiving Mary!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 20, 2012:

Not to worry Usplus1, to err is human....and unfortunately there are people out there who favor one child over another.

Rikki Schultz from Arkansas on November 20, 2012:

Oh, I apologize. I must have missed that part.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 20, 2012:

You have misunderstood UsPlus1, I have never said my youngest is better...just that he is youngest and a my first paragraph I said of my children, "Each of these beautiful children were a gift and I was proud to be their mother."

I'm glad you loved my article and hope you understand I do not play favorites.

Rikki Schultz from Arkansas on November 19, 2012:

I love your article, but I totally disagree when it comes to playing favorites with your children. How do you think the other child will feel when you say their brother is better?

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 19, 2012:

So glad I could make you smile Glimmer...seems the youngest always has that extra little umph!

Claudia Mitchell on November 19, 2012:

What a great hub about your son. My brother is younger and he is definitely more outgoing than me and is a jokester too. The pics and hub made me smile today!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 19, 2012:

Thank you Rajan...there are moments I still can't believe he is actually a soldier! I've only written about the tip o the iceberg, he definitely kept us on our toes, with a smile on our face.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 18, 2012:

Mary, this sure is an awesome hub filled with happy nostalgic memories. I can't believe this prankster is a soldier today, as I make it from his photo. He sure is a darling prankster. Loved his pictures.

Votes up and awesome. Sharing this.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 18, 2012:

Terrye, we definitely laugh with this one...he is full of surprises and joy. I wish you all could meet him.

Childbirth can be scary lovedoctor but what follows makes it so worthwhile. I am proud of my son and his brother and sisters too! Thanks for stopping by.

lovedoctor926 on November 18, 2012:

This is a sweet story. childbirth seems like a scary experience. I'm sure you must be proud of your son.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on November 18, 2012:

What a wonderful son you have, Till! He must give you tons of things to laugh and smile about. Thank you for sharing him with us. :)

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 18, 2012:

I can truly relate Lesley as you can see! There were days he had curlers in his hair and then an hour later he was playing with his army men! Glad you liked the video too.

Christin, each of them is so different and so special, as you put it each has that "unique spark". I can't wait for the grandchild!!! This'll be number seven.

Christin Sander from Midwest on November 18, 2012:

Aw I loved this hub. As a mom of two boys with very different personalities it's always nice to reflect on the particular traits that give each their unique spark. Congrats on your forthcoming grandchild :) Hoping he/she gives his parents as many smiles .

Lesleysherwood on November 18, 2012:

Mary, this hub made me feel like I know him now. It also reminded me of my upbringing. I was the youngest of five and I know for a fact I was a toy to them. Ha ha. Thankyou for sharing this especially the video.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 18, 2012:

Its so sad that your friends cannot be proud of their son. My kids, like you, are my joy!

Pamela, it was hard to pick just a few stories, and like you with my other three children I could write for days ;)

He is great Michelle, and still fun to be around. Thank you for the blessings...we have been lucky parents!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 18, 2012:

This was great, Mary!! Truly, he must be a great young man now. My blessings to you and the family too! Sharing this!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 17, 2012:

Great stories about your son. I have 3 sons and have a few similar stories also. They are my best memories in life. Isn't it wonderful to be able to look back and laugh at all their crazy stunts? Voted up.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 17, 2012:

I can imagine the pride you feel for this son. I have friends who cannot say that about their son ;they are ashamed for one reason or another. I have the one grandson I adopted (my only son), and I can say I'm very proud of him and I think I always will be. I loved your photo, too.

Voted UP, etc.

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 17, 2012:

He is truly one of a kind. My grandchildren adore him and everybody he meets loves him. Glad it made you feel good!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 17, 2012:

I was smiling throughout this whole hub! What a great kid, and it is obvious that mom loves him to no end. Thank you for a feel-good story that just keeps on giving. Bravo!

Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 17, 2012:

You are most likely right Moonlake...the thought of no more children is a hard one to deal with. He is a wonderful person, as fortunately, all my kids are.

The scary thing here Effer is he's the most outspoken about his pranks, but he's not the only one in the family to love a good joke, have a good laugh or go out of their way to make you smile...Yup, motherhood is tops! There was life before children? Seriously...I can't glad I made you smile. I'm working on a PowerPoint to add to that hub but it'll take a bit. Enjoy your day!

Suzie from Carson City on November 17, 2012:

Too funny, Til......I think we all have ONE, at least! The thing about raising a child like your precious youngest, is that if we hadn't decided he was the last age 3 or 4, that decision is a no brainer! LOL. I love these stories and had to chuckle all the way through.

Memories as much fun as this, only makes being a Mom, the very best thing we ever did.

WHO can remember Life Before Children? Not I....this is for sure!

Your hub started my day with a big smile!..........Thanks, Til!

moonlake from America on November 17, 2012:

He's your baby. Our babies always seem to be the speical ones. We love all our kids but our babies are just different. Maybe it's because we know they will be the last one we will ever have when they come along we just enjoy them more. Enjoyed the story of your son he sounds like a wonderful person. Voted up and shared.

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