This is one of my all time favorite photos of my Bud, Dante. It was taken in the Spring of his kindergarten year.
I just love it and it brings a smile to my face each and every time I stare at it.
I could not help but notice the similar pose when we celebrated Dante's 13th birthday. This guy has had a tough few years, but I am happy to see his smile return. He is adjusting to the divorce and to middle school.
We had a great birthday weekend. It started right after school on Friday. Nina and I picked him up and we headed to the IMAX theater to see Iron Man 3. We all loved the movie. The 3D projector was broken for our showing, but it was a great movie in 2D too. Then to Benihana for his birthday dinner. It is hard not to reminisce about when we were a family of 4 instead of 3. It usually is a mix of laughs and then some quiet reflective moments. We were talking about one of our old neighbors and some funny things that he used to do. All of a sudden Dante gasped and saw the old neighbors sitting 2 tables over from us. A moment of synchronicity! It was so nice to see them again.
We stayed up until Midnight and sang and ate cake so it would be right on May the 4th (be with you!). When we saw our neighbors we invited Amir to go to Knotts Berry Farm with us. We had a blast on all of the roller coasters, hands down Ghostrider, the old wooden roller coaster was all of our favorite. It is the longest ride and also the craziest, wooden are the best. It was so fun just to hear the boys laughing together again.
Happy 13th Dante. I love you.