One Year Ago

I hate it when I catch myself saying “I can’t believe it’s been that long.” Because, truly, what’s so hard to believe about the passing of time? Nothing. That’s what. It’s passing right now. It never stops passing. And it never will.

And the reason why it seems to pass ever more quickly is simple relativity. Each and every moment combines with all the others before it to make the next passing moment a smaller percentage than the previous one so it only appears as if time goes by ever faster.

I came up with that once when I was at the dentist when I was a little kid. The dentist was all like “I can’t believe summer’s almost over.” And I was like, “yes, they go by faster each year because they become a smaller percentage of your life. So it’s really not going by quicker. It just seems like it.”

And he was all like, “Oh.” [pause] “Say Ah, Einstein.”

So, yeah, I’ve always hated it when I catch myself saying “I can’t believe it’s been that long,” if for no other reason than it’s so utterly believable.

But it’s that exact phrase that jingles in my mind when I contemplate that 12 full months have gone by since Luke began his reign of the planet earth. Even so, in some ways, it’s been quite a long year and maybe that’s because I’ve found it difficult to get through the day-to-day with four kids aged four and under. (Does that make me a bad stepdad — that I didn’t just mention Alli?)

But every parent knows that seeming contradiction, right? The hours that drag on even though the comprise the days that pass by in the blink of an eye? Such is life with us, I suppose.

And what a much better life it’s been since July 21 of last year.

And that’s what today will be all about — celebrating the little person who has enriched us, so. The one who often finds himself playing fifth fiddle while his parents tend to garden-variety sibling rivalry. Or scooter wrecks. Or fussy demands from three hungry four-year-olds. Or Alli’s soccer tournaments.

The one who’s had less oohing and ahing than most babies receive. But the one, nonetheless, who is loved to bits by four older siblings and two (older) parents. The one who was born into a family that seemed busting at the seems. The family that continues to grow bigger, but no longer by number. Instead by all the loving memories that accumulate each and every day — during the passing of all that time that we seem to sometimes have such a hard time has actually passed.

I hope today goes by slow as molasses, y’all. Because today is his day. And he deserves for it to drag out as long as possible.

So Happy Birthday to my little guy. And thank goodness we have the formal opportunity to shower him with gifts today. Because he’s been the biggest gift this family has ever received.

Here are some of my fave Luke pics from the past year…

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • Graham

    Happy birthday, Lucky Lukie! Luvu to bits!!!

    • John Cave Osborne

      good time at the wedding?

  • Lola

    Congrats to the little man! May he live a long, prosperous and fulfilling life! he looks like the best of you two :-)

    • John Cave Osborne

      lola — what a nice comment. thanks for leaving it!

  • father muskrat

    1!  Now he’ll start getting interesting and interactive! 

    • John Cave Osborne

      exactly, man. you know the drill.

  • Miss A

    Omg! OMG!!!! Those eyes! That haircut! Arghhhh, Luke is the cutest, c u t e s t, toddler, ever!
    Happy birthday baby Luke!

    • John Cave Osborne

      by haircut, i’d assume you mean the “non” haircut. as that’s a big joke in our house — how we’ve not really cut the little man’s hair. he had a good bday for sure. on to year number two, right?

  • Galit Breen

    Happy first, Einstein! 

    {Love this!}