Thursday, April 19, 2007

Birthday Boy

Shane is five today. I can't believe its been five years since his birth.* This picture was taken last week when we were in Ireland. Drinking Nash's Red Lemonade on a hot summer's day was a rite of passage for every Irish kid when I was growing up, and Shane discovered it all by himself. He saw another kid with it when we were home last year, and asked me if he could have some. He doesn't get sodas back in the States, but was indulged in Ireland, and was delighted when someone would suggest going to the pub. He knew the deal: pub = crisps + red lemonade.

He actually starting referring to the red lemonade as his "pint." At one stage I went up to order and he sidled up to me, "Daddy, can I have more red lemonade?" "No, I think you've had enough for now." "But Dad, you're on your third pint and I have only had one..." "Well, it's differ... oh all right."

Another Irish habit he has picked up is meat. And more meat. It became his rallying call around mealtime. He could eat his way through a pig farm's worth of bacon and sausages. My father was only delighted - of his four kids, three are vegetarians. Shane became his BBQ buddy. The weather was so good that every meal was barbecued. For dinner, himself and Shane happily burned some fine steaks to a crisp on the BBQ, while sausages and rashers were routinely carbonised for breakfast. Much bonding was had. The interesting thing is, when he is back in the U.S., he never asks for meat as he seems to only associate it with Ireland.

I passed a Dad rite of passage myself last night: assembling a kid's bike, replete with misguided instructions. Its a cool, BMXy kind of bike, with Spiderman pictures all over it. He'll get it when he gets home from preschool today.


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Blogger Kav said...

Ah, handsome laddie. The only thing my kids have picked up from trips home is how to curse properly.

4:04 AM  
Blogger John Mc said...

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9:04 AM  
Blogger John Mc said...

Thanks Kav,

I have a good plastic surg... oh you mean Shane. It the words of a John Hiatt song, "He looks like his Mama, lucky for him".

The cursing thing, Shane loves to Rhyme, and last week turned to his Grandad and said, "Grandad do you know that truck sounds like fuck"

9:05 AM  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Happy birthday to the wee man! He's a treat with his red lemonade.

My kids are ruined whenever we go home. Granny and aunties and cousins and neighbours are constantly giving them sweeties. That last trip I was surprised they made it back without all of the teeth falling out of their heads.

11:40 AM  
Blogger The Hangar Queen said...

Splendid boy you have there John.Just one question...King or Taytos?

3:02 PM  
Blogger MairĂ©ad said...

He's gorgeous! Happy birthday, Shane.
Looks like you were fairly near my neck of the woods for Easter! Wasn't the weather only amazing! Still is actually! Forecast is a bit gloomy for Sunday / Monday, but sure we've had a great run of it, we haven't had a drop of rain since the middle of March!!!! The farmers have been moaning nearly throughout wouldn't you know it!!!

3:03 PM  
Blogger caloroso said...

Happy 5th Birthday to Shane! My youngest turned 5 last week...I'm technically no longer the parent of a preschooler and am feeling way older than my 33 years. That's what's running through my head as we sing "Happy Birthday" to her. Not good or bad, just real...a grounding experience that's needed every so often.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous derfen said...

How's it going John. Grand young fella there. We brought our 2 yr old back to Limerick at xmas and let him get spoiled rotten since it was his first time there.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous derfen said...

How's it going John. Grand young fella there. We brought our 2 yr old back to Limerick at xmas and let him get spoiled rotten since it was his first time there.

5:34 AM  
Anonymous derfen said...

Is there an echo in here ?

5:35 AM  
Blogger John Mc said...

Sam - same with me. My mother is a total chocaholic - and I mean the real deal. She hides chocolate around the house, disappears to the local shop for the smallest reason etc. Shane benifited accordingly!

Devin - Taytos. If only Sam Spudz still existed. Salt n Vinegar mmmmmmmmmm.

Mairead - If the weather was always like that, I'd be home in a minute. Kerry was God's country!

Caloroso - Welcome to the blog. 5 is great. Shane is so reasonable and easy going now. Although always sweet natured, he was a pain in the ass as a toddler

Derfen - Welcome! Thats the whole point of going home. Do you live outside Ireland ?

12:33 PM  
Anonymous derfen said...

Memphis, TN

Moving soon, to Albuquerque, NM

7:04 PM  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Handome lad and I'd say he's a bundle of cheeky energy.
Why is this post making me hungry?

4:51 AM  

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