When two heads are so much better than one

The boy-child's naming day, January 1999. All of these people made wishes for him then; now I'm going to ask them to do the same again. Photo: Gary Gray, 1999.

The boy-child’s naming day, January 1999. All of these people made wishes for him then; now I’m going to ask them to do the same again. Photo: Gary Gray, 1999.

The other day I was musing over the boy-child’s reluctance resistance refusal to allow me to organise a celebration for his up-coming 16th birthday (Three weeks out and I’ve organised nothing). Several members of my wise blogging whanau* commented on this, and Meghan at FireBonnet suggested that instead of trying to force the issue I could arrange for friends and family to participate in the birthday though a book of wishes or reminiscences. It was a brilliant suggestion; elegant, simple and achievable.

I did think of a refinement on it in the form of a video compilation, but soon realised that – as with many of my initial enthusiasms – it would just be a whole lot of work. Not to mention a bit like sending coals to Newcastle, since my video-editing skills are way, way less than the boy-child’s.

So a book it is. Thank you Meghan. Now I must start phoning, emailing, FB messaging friends and whanau for their contributions.

In the meantime, here are a few pics of the boy-child with some of the amazing people who have touched his life.

This post was written as part of my countdown to my son’s 16th birthday. Here’s what has gone before:

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/family-photo-friday-kids-no-more/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/three-weeks-out-and-ive-organised-nothing/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/on-the-importance-of-grandparents/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/on-counting-and-gender-stereotypes/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/getting-over-the-grumps/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/six-word-saturday-on-being-allowed-a-weekend-sleep-in/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/on-raising-children-and-not-getting-enough-sleep/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/back-to-school-for-the-last-time/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/wordless-wednesday-remembering-birthdays-past-and-counting-down-to-a-big-one/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/juxtaposition-on-being-reminded-how-far-we-have-travelled/

* whanau is a Maori word which describes extended family – though necessarily or exclusively in a biological sense. In everyday use it tends to be used to describe those to whom we feel a sense of community or kinship.

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22 thoughts on “When two heads are so much better than one

  1. No worries Su; you see,there is always a solution to everything if we really want it.
    Amazing family collage ! You have imprisoned sweet moments for ever … I ‘m sure it will make a good source of information for the future generations.Stay well,
    Doda

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    • Yes; I’m thinking of combining people’s messages with photos and doing something “handmade”. I have made books in the past, and love the process (though I seem to remember it always takes longer than I expect it to πŸ™‚ )

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  4. Great photo memories! For my eldest son’s 18th I stuck photos of him from his baby days right up to his 18th year all over the dining room, some with little notes attached, so that he and everyone who came to celebrate his day could look at them! He really loved it and everyone else did too. The book is a great idea and will be such a lovely keepsake for him to look at in years to come and for him to share with his own children too! As you said in an earlier comment… these things always take longer than expected to put together, so allow plenty of time, I was rushing last minute to print off photos!!! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you. I love your photo montage idea. I can’t get my son to agree to have anyone round to celebrate – hence the book. I’ve been planning the design and think I can persuade a book-artist friend-of-friend to help me so fingers crossed it will be “all right on the night!” “-)

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