I love this picture because it perfectly captures Sam at this moment in time. Sam sent it to our family text thread yesterday, and I giggled when I saw it. He loves fishing, and really wants to learn to be a “good” fisherman.
At dinner he said, “You know that picture I sent to the ‘Humans I Live With’ text thread? Well, I didn’t catch that fish. The fish I caught was about two inches long.”
And then he laughed, and said, “I couldn’t stop laughing thinking that you’d think I caught that fish when I really didn’t.”
Of course, this makes me like the picture even more.
Sam couldn’t stop laughing, and even though it’s normal, soon we were all laughing because Sam’s laugh is contagious. You can’t be around Sam without being tempted to smile. He’s playful and enthusiastic. He’s busy. He invents. He creates. He dreams.
All of this is charming to me, which is not to say that Sam is always charming. At his best, though, he is awed by ordinary things in the world and is always up for an adventure and a joke.
Obviously, because you can see it in the picture.
It casts a spell on me, and I find myself opening my camera roll over and over, just to stare at the picture. He’s not a little kid any more, in fact, he’s heading into high school.
Sam is the only one of our four kids who has lived with us since the moment he was born. Maybe that’s why his laughter comes so easily. Maybe that’s why he’s playful. Maybe that’s why he’s enamored by small adventures. All of his energy has went towards being enthusiastic about life, rather than overcoming a dark patch of life.
Is that why I’m captivated by this picture? Happiness is his default, much like his momma and just like his dad. (Happiness is not a default setting for kids who overcome dark starts to life.) Perhaps this picture nourishes my soul because it is evidence that happiness and laughter can win.
PS — There are Twinkies in his backpack.