What I learned today was that I have a Grandma that I'll never get to know. She died a couple of years ago, about when Wyatt was my size. But everyday I hear a new story about her, or I hear something she would say or a song she would like, and each of them helps me fall even more in love with her.
Today we visited the cemetery where she rests. Daddy and Mommy cried. I didn't. I wished she could hold me just once.
But if she were here, I know she wouldn't ever let me go.
What I learned today is that I want to be a college man. We went to Princeton University today to visit my cousin Alana, who is currently a senior there. Wyatt loved the campus because every building was a castle. And I gotta admit, it was really cool too. I would love to go to school there or somewhere like that and sit around and read books, if they even have books at that point.
It just seems like a phenomenal way to spend the best four years of my life.
Especially if they've got hot chicks and a big time football team.
What I learned today is that baseball is baseball and love is love and sometimes they intertwine. We went to CitiField today to watch the Mets play. They're Daddy and Grandpa's favorite team. And right now, they suck. But that didn't stop them from dressing up in their orange-and-blues and cheering for them and treating the stadium like it's some sort of cathedral.
I can't promise that I'm gonna be a Mets gan. Wyatt likes them but he loves the Giants. And unless Wyatt and I grow up to be pure rivals, I'll probably love the Giants too.
But if Daddy loves the Mets and he loves me, then they can't be all that bad, can they?
What I learned today was that New York City is a wonderful playground. Mommy, Daddy, Wyatt and I had an adventure there today. We went to 30 Rock and went to the top and saw the entire city. Then we went to Central Park and the zoo, where I saw a polar bear. Then we went to FAO Schwarz where I was inundated with toys all around me.
It was a pretty amazing day.
And the coolest part is that we only saw like 1% of the city.
What I learned today was that the further out I go, the more I take in. For example, we drove all the way out to Long Island to see even more family (I sense this will be a theme for the rest of the week). We saw my Aunt Danielle and my amazing cousins Sophia and Jillian. I also met Tracy and Anthony and Braiden (who played with Wyatt) and Aunt Barbara and Uncle Lou and Kristi and Jayson and Alana and Colin and Luke.
But...how can that be?
And he's like around my age.
Is this legal?
Can I get a ruling on this?
OK. I can share my name. I can take it. After all, he's a cool dude. We can spread the Lukeness together.
What I learned today was that I have a lot of names and faces to remember. Grandpa threw a New York birthday party for Wyatt, and we both got to meet a nice share of our New York family. There were a lot of people here, and they all talked kinda funny, but they all held me and loved me and I never felt like an outsider.
So to all my New York relatives, I say: Do I love you too? Fugheddaboudit! Of course! Botta Boom!
What I learned today was that I like to fly. We got on a plane today and flew to New York, where we were met by Grandpa and Uncle Mike and my big cousin Nick. It was a long flight, but I was a perfect angel, and could you blame me? I got to meet all these new people who I learned will be in my life forever. How cool is that? Then when we went to Grandpa's house, we saw Auntie Sue and Ava Rose, who is also a big cousin of mine.
So let me get this straight. I have awesome families on both coasts?
What I learned today was that I can be the center of attention while not even being there. Mommy sent out my birth announcements awhile ago, and it seems like today was the day that everyone got them in the mail. And the calls have been coming in. Aunties. Uncles. Cousins. Friends. Rave reviews around. Here's some of my favorites.
What I learned today was that I can lunch with the best of them. Auntie Sharon drove up from Santa Cruz to lunch with me and Mommy, and I was clearly the star of the show, even though my version of lunch was two nipples sunny side up. But that didn't deter me, oh no it didn't. I was passed from Mommy to Auntie Sharon and back again, so on and so forth, as if whoever was holding me were allowed to talk.
What I learned today was that I can be loved 2,500 miles away by people I've never met. Supposedly I have an Uncle Joe and Aunt Celeste who live in New York, and they sent me a beautiful stepping stool that they painted specifically for me, even going so far as to scripting my name on it, and they did this for no good reason other than they love me.
What I learned today was that mobiles are interesting. They rotate around, sometimes it's an animal, sometimes a plane, and sometimes I feel like it's gonna swipe by my face but no, it just flies on by and then it's something else like a caterpillar, and round and round it goes and it plays some music too and I find this whole thing so mesmerizing.
What I learned today was that I have a lot of people to learn from. I had the privilege of hanging out with a bunch of Wyatt's friends at a series of birthday parties. Let's see, there was Reese and Olive (the birthday girl) and Tanner and Jack and Quinn (who is little like me) and Nathan (who also had a birthday) and Ryan and Ada and Owen and Declan and Sadie and Tyler and Sam and I'm sure I'm missing someone. But the point is that everyone I mentioned seemed like good people and that there's so much for me to learn from them.
But you know what? I'm very young and all I've got is time.
What I learned today is that everyone loves my Mommy and rightfully so. It's her birthday officially, and we had some dinner in her honor. It was awesome. Gram and Grampa were there, and so were Uncle Shannon and Auntie Nessa and Petra and Bryce and Wyatt's friends Tanner and Jack. I just took it all in. She's one to be admired, that's for sure.
What I learned today was that when Grampa blows bubbles through his lips, I'm encouraged to do the same. However, I do not have the same lip control that he has. Instead, I just drool down my shirt and onto his thumb. He thinks this is cute. I think it's funny.
What I learned today was that there's a thing called television that produces moving pictures. And when these images are put in a certain order, with the right colors and editing, they can be entertaining. Like drool coming off the side of my mouth entertaining.
I know this because I watched some today with Wyatt. He had on "The Wiggles" and it was mesmerizing. I couldn't take my eyes off of those four insipid musicians.
What I learned today was that I think I'm gonna be an athlete like my older brother. I watched Wyatt play soccer today, and it looked like fun. He got to kick things, and then, kick it again, sometimes into a net, sometimes the wrong way.
I can see how this can be fun and how obsessive this can be.
And I can just hear my Mommy screaming from the sidelines. I hear you, Mom! I'm doing my best!
What I learned today was that I can also sleep on my side, like on my shoulders. So I'm not stuck with only sleeping on my back, which I shall now call The Classic Style™. So I now have some variety while I dream, and it will involve styling and profiling as I strike a pose.
What I learned today was that I have these things at the end of my hand called fingers, and I can operate them either individually or in unison, and they allow me to hold onto things if I do wish to. And sometimes, I wish to, although the muscles in my wrist aren't strong enough to do much with them.
But one day, I'll be able to hold things. And one day, I'll be able to flick things.
What I learned today is that there's much I have to learn, but there's some things I might not be able to feel. Today was the ten year anniversary of something called 9/11, and it's obviously gonna be something I'll learn about. But Daddy lived through it, and I watched the big lug tear up as he watched different tributes. It hit him at such a visceral level. I was gonna label him as a wuss, but this was deeper than that. So I'll grant him a pass on this one.
What I learned today was that it's not the end of the world when Hot Mama and Daddy aren't around. Today, they went to some sort of Dance Party where they dressed up in weird outfits they labeled as "80s", whatever that means. The benefit of that was that I got to hang out all day with Gram and Grampa and Gabby the dog, who licked me right in the face. It was icky and I cried, but that was mostly because her breath smells like rotting possum.
What I learned today was that actions speak louder than words.
Sometimes Hot Mama and Daddy are making believe that they're paying attention to me, looking right at me, focused in my eyes. But I'm no idiot. I know they're looking past me, and right at their cellphone they're holding directly behind me. What, are Facebook and Twitter more exciting than me? Just because I don't post doesn't mean I'm not interesting or entertaining.
What I learned today was that if I can muster a tear from my eyes when I cry, people will take me more seriously. It's just water leaking out that I can summon on queue. But it's more than that. It signifies that I mean business, that this issue I care deeply about to shed water for should not be taken lightly.
Also, it kinda tickles my cheek when it rolls down.
What I learned today was that it's nice to have a neighborhood hangout. Today was the grand opening of Andy's Sun Valley Market, which is just down the block from our house. I have a feeling that, when I get older, I'll be spending a lot of time there. And it'll be almost as old as I am, like we're growing up together.
What I learned today was that I love festivals. Capitola is a town near Santa Cruz and they had a Labor Day festival that featured boats in their lake. Each one had different characters and designs on them, and they were all over the top. We had a nice spot on top of the bridge overlooking the whole thing.
It was like a huge party except outside and everyone was invited.
What I learned today was that there's even more to California than I realized. Today we headed south to Santa Cruz where my Great Aunt Sharon and Great Uncle Don live. They have a beautiful house, and my big cousins Kelly and Lindsay were there too. They couldn't take their hands off of me. I didn't mind. I'll take love from anyone, but especially amazing people like them.
The house is on a big hill overlooking some farms and not far from the beach. I imagined rolling down those hills when I get older, accumulating grass stains with each turn and hearing Hot Mama tell at me for ruining my clothes.
What I learned today was that it's hard work to be a model. Hot Mama's friend Kelly came over to take my beauty shots for my birth announcements. It takes hard work to be beautiful. I had to accept the light, make it shine off my body, deflect the shadows off my cheeks to retain the proper inflection and to make the camera love me. Plus there was a couple of costume changes and a series of nudes.
What I learned today was that if I scrunch myself up in my car seat about two inches, there's a certain way that it's stitched which props me up in a way that when I place my bum within it that sorta vibrates when the car is driving.