|Running the 1-miler for his school|
Asher is a typical first-born, even if he only beat Benjamin into the world by 12 minutes. He is mature, helpful, and bossy. He is an excellent big brother, who wants to take care of his siblings. He is a conscientious student and hopefully a good friend!
|Being a good big brother to his little sister|
He has continued to run, and takes his running series races very seriously. Together we ran the 1-miler for his school, and just this week he rain the nature trail at Haverford College with me- 2.2 miles. I cannot tell you how much joy it gave me to run with him- he keeps a good pace, and we were talking the whole way. I am in disbelief at how quickly he has grown from a baby into a friend, a person who I truly enjoy spending time with (and not just because he is my son). He is so strong and determined, and I am so proud.
After the run, we stopped at Trader Joe's, and he picked out a bouquet of flowers for me, because he had given me a coupon for flowers for Mother's Day. I loved that he remembered and wanted to follow through. Then, on our way home from the run, we were talking about whether he likes or loves school- he says he likes it, but doesn't love it. He said he would love it if he had more time spent playing and less time spent "learning." I acknowledged that was a fair point. I asked him if he liked or loved running, and he said he loved it. It does thrill me that we share that love together.
|Before the 1 mile race|
|Running his 1/4 mile race at the Running Series|
|On the Ferris Wheel|
Asher's social skills are quite impressive for a young boy. He is charming and polite. Every time he has a play date, the parents report that he is excellent company. One parent said, "Asher is my next husband!" He isn't always charming and polite to his parents, but he knows how to work his charms outside the home. It is hard to believe that our toddler who received speech therapy is now so articulate.
|Asher practicing his meditation at our hotel in DC|
Asher likes playing on the iPad, watching TV, and playing outside. He loves to have play dates with friends, and I always encourage him to have friends over after school on the afternoons I am home. He likes to explore new places, and I allow him and Benjamin to roam free while we are at the park. It makes me a little nervous, but I remember doing it as a child, and the memories of the imaginary worlds I created with my friends are still strong all these years later.
|I was suddenly in the mood for squid for dinner...|