I say with no qualms that he was a darling child, a wear-only-black 6 year old, a struggling student, a natural toy tractor and real car driver, a family-centred being, a terror of unknown quantity as a teen-ager, a loving husband and father and a thoughtful and opinionated adult. Just what we wanted.
If I have any regrets in life, and you bet I do, one of the strongest is being a guiding, make-your-own-informed-decisions parent to a child who needed stronger discipline and fewer platitudes. Can't fix that and I'm not sure I should, given the result.
He doesn't read my posts, so I'm not getting any kudos for this meandering This is Your Life, but I love looking back to the sweetheart he was, and to the scared new mom I was, and to the journey that we've had with both Garry and Dave.
Here he is at 2 when we were living in a one-bedroom apartment with a flimsy divider for his space.
|Sarah and Chris; I think they're dancing|
|Chris at 6 or so with Dave|
|Chris at 12, Emily about 3 days old|
|Chris with Emily (l) and Sarah(r)at his wedding|
|Chris, Anne and Phoebe|
|Chris with me at Emily's wedding|
|Mommy and her boy|
|Daddy and his girl|