the icing on the cake (cont'd from yesterday)

Isaac did not get a firm enough commitment from me to buy him a

camera.  Really, all that we got was a wry smile.

A smile that was equal parts dread and appreciation.  If he is able to

walk me into walls so easy at age five, I know that he will be scary

as a teenager.  On the other hand, the art of persuasion is an

invaluable tool.  (What?  You don't like that I started by calling it

an art and ended by calling it a tool?)

He leaves for school.  He gives me a kiss good-bye, pauses, considers

saying something, decides against it, and heads off to school.   I

spend the morning editing.  Wendy leaves to pick him up and i greet

him exuberantly.

After a long uninterrupted editing swatch, I am hyper.  I grab him,

throw him on the couch and tickle him.  He laughs.  Then he says,

"Dad, stop, I need to tell you something."

"OK, Isaac."

He stares me in the eyes.  "Dad, this is really very important."  I

know that it must be, because he rarely breaks out the really verys.

Also, I think this is connected to the brief pause before he left for

school.  A brief pause that I initially found odd from the boy that

only stops talking for more air.  "So," he begins, in a subdued voice,

"today, I made a promise to Mrs O at kindergarten."

"OK", I nod, trying to match his solemnity.

"I have to keep the promise."

"Yes, you should keep your promises."  I coach, as every good father

since George Washington's has.

"I really promised her that I was going to get a camera for my

birthday."  He whispers. "So, now I have to."  He finishes, almost

challenging me with his stare.

In return, he gets a wry smile.  This one, even more dreadfully

appreciative than the last.

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From Ben and Amanda's wedding day!

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