Friday, October 22, 2010

Z Ain't For Zorro

Today my youngest turns 8.

Zalen is a bright eyed mischievous lad.

He is karma's revenge for every misdeed I ever committed in my youth.

He is my mini-me. My glimpse at the past.

He thinks, and as my mom takes great joying in pointing out, acts just like I did.

Had he been born first he would likely have been an only child, but he along with his older brother, Tarek, and my lovely wife Jennifer, who I will have been married to for thirteen years come Monday, make my life worth living.

Here is a funny little tale that highlights both his sharp wit and shall I say smug cockiness.

While preparing Zalen for first reconciliation. First confession for you non Catholic readers, my wife asked Z if he'd thought about what he was gonna say to Monsignor.

"I guess, I'll tell them I'm mean to my brother," he said.

A very true statement as Zalen torments his older brother nonstop.

"That's good," Jennifer replied.

At which point Zalen pipes in with, "Besides, he already knows Tarek, so he will understand."

Happy Birthday Zalen.

 Hey Zalen! Nice bass but mine is still bigger.


Stephen Parrish said...

Besides, he already knows Tarek, so he will understand.


G said...

Happy B-day to Zalen turning 8!

And, isn't tormenting one's older brother one of the few perks that the younger sibling have in life?

Leah J. Utas said...

I love his reasoning.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy Birthday, Zalen! Hope you catch lots of BIG fish this year!

Charles Gramlich said...


Hilary said...

I love this! He sounds so much like my younger one did at that age. And we also said that if he had been a first, he'd have been an only. Too cute.

Happy 8th Birthday, Zalen.

And Happy upcoming Anniversary to you.

WordVixen said...


Megan Bostic said...

Aw. Happy birthday to your little guy.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Zalen.

We've got a slightly older model (a girl, though) at our house. My goodness they're wearing smartypants at that age!


Old Kitty said...


One day the bass you'll catch will be even bigger than Daddy's! :-)

Take care

Cloudia said...

Hauoli La Hanau, you Kolohe Boy!

Aloha from Hawaii

Comfort Spiral


savannah said...

A day late, but happy #8, Zalen!xoxo

p.s. i like the way you think!

Lana Gramlich said... are hysterical with that "brutal honesty" thing!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Happy birthday Z, and happy anniversary T!

Rebecca said...

That is just too funny! One of the nice things about going to the church's school :)

slommler said...

Happy Birthday to Z!! Great confession!! Ha!
Congrats on your POTW award!

Friko said...

That boy will go far!
Congrats on POTW

TechnoBabe said...

Interesting to hear a younger brother who torments the older brother instead of the usual way around. I hope Zalen's eighth birthday is wonderful. Congrats on POTW on Hilary's blog.

Cricket said...

Heh, heh. Kids. My younger torments his older brother too. Congratulations on your potw.

Most recent religious funny came from the older, though, a couple of weeks ago. It was right after Communion, and we were kneeling. My eyes were closed. Then I felt a tug on my sleeve

Dad... Dad...

I looked over at him

My Lord is stale! He said in a stage-whisper.

I almost lost it.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Stopping by from Hilary's- Congrats on the POTW.
Happy Birthday Zalen-- He sounds like a pistol :-)
Cheers, jj

gaelikaa said...

He is one cool kid. I wish I could have thought of that one in my time......first confession is quite an experience...

Land of shimp said...

Okay, that was seriously a laugh aloud moment :-) Congratulations on the post of the week mention at Hilary's and thank you for the Sunday morning laugh.

CherylK said...

Brilliant! And well worth Hilary's POTW award. You sound like a great husband and father (even if you are a hairy Texan *wink*).

Junosmom said...

Don't blink, there will come a day when you can't say "bigger" to the boy. Cute story. Get $300 from Reader's Digest I bet.