Peacemaker

I can hardly believe it but my ‘baby’ boy is 8!

It seems only yesterday he was a round baby who didn’t want to leave my side.

He’s still quite shy and doesn’t like being in the limelight.

But once you get to know him, he’s a generous and loyal friend.

And a peacemaker, apparently.

A few weeks ago, a gang of boys at school were getting ready to chase and attack another group of boys.

Anklebiter #2 and his friends linked arms and started singing, “We want peace on earth!”

This startled the kids so much that they stopped in their tracks and decided to resolve their argument by talking instead.

Oh, the things we can learn from our kids!

But what I love most is his compassion and humour.

There’s never a dull moment here at home!

Edit: No real cockroaches were harmed… this is a big plastic one on his head!

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74 responses

  1. wh-wh-whaaaaaat is that on his head?!!!!!!

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:03

    • LOL .. that is our big friendly cockroach! (Made of plastic.)

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      April 11, 2011 at 20:22

  2. lucky you β™₯ lucky him

    beautiful boy

    beautiful shots

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:05

  3. Adele

    He’s beautiful inside & out. I keep hoping he & Haley will have a chance to meet. πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:06

  4. Well, the bug was a bit of a jolt! I would imagine you were startled by it… lol.

    I remember when my son was 8 and now he’s 13 and quite a young man. It happens so fast!! Enjoy every minute of his childhood (which I have no doubt your already do!)- having a 23 & 20 yr. old, I am far more aware of how great those years are and how much you miss them when they’re adults.

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:16

  5. A boy like that restores one’s faith in decency and humanity. What a lovely son you have – wish him a very happy birthday.

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:18

  6. What a sweet kid! Happy birthday to him!

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:25

  7. Aww, how fast is time passing…Enjoy him while he is eight, mine is 10 and I am still in awe of this daily discovery of who he is becoming.
    What is this big bug on your son’s head? πŸ˜‰

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:26

  8. WHAT IS THAT on his head in the last shot???? OMG!!! Mother’s of boys certainly have a headstart on the path to Sainthood!!! But what a sweet heart he has…

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:33

  9. What a wonderful kidlet. Happy birthday to your boy. It’s a pity about that growth on his head. πŸ˜‰

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    April 11, 2011 at 17:48

  10. how cool stopping the fight with a song…big smiles. love that first shot too! and of course the last one is fun

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    April 11, 2011 at 18:06

  11. I love that silhouette of him – beautiful. you’re truly blessed to have such a wise charmer. those eyes in the last photo are so expressive – fantastic! have a great week Lady Fi.

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    April 11, 2011 at 18:15

  12. He is obviously an old soul. The planet certainly needs more like him. I can’t help believing he also gets a lot of his gentle spirit from you, too, my friend.

    And my Lord, what is that on that child’s head?

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    April 11, 2011 at 18:33

  13. Eight year old boys are so much fun – I won’t tell you to appreciate it while you can because I know you already know to treasure this time. He sounds like a beautiful soul, and I’m sure not just a little of that comes from being your son! Happy birthday to AB#2!

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    April 11, 2011 at 18:44

  14. omg! what is that? happy happy birthday to your beautiful boy!
    xxx

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    April 11, 2011 at 19:40

  15. heΒ΄s got beautiful eyes. πŸ™‚

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    April 11, 2011 at 19:43

  16. Jim

    You are one fortunate mother! What a lovely child he must be. Great photos too!

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    April 11, 2011 at 20:17

  17. Anklebiter #2 made great use of the technique of Distraction I’ve often seen parents employ with children. Just goes to show you don’t know how much you’re teaching them!

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    April 11, 2011 at 20:21

  18. Happy Birthday to that darling boy. He’s a cutie-but what’s that on his head? :0

    You have raised him right!

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    April 11, 2011 at 20:47

  19. Your son will probably end up with a high up position in the United nations. Happy birthday, and happy to hear the cockroach is a fake.

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    April 11, 2011 at 20:54

  20. Maggie May

    He is gorgeous…. a real good looker and I was going to save a brave boy with that cockroach……. but then I saw it wasn’t real!
    I love that silhouette picture of him!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    April 11, 2011 at 20:59

  21. How wonderful is that! We hear so many discouraging stories about kids these days, but this one is so inspiring!

    Happy Birthday big guy!

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    April 11, 2011 at 21:05

  22. MT

    Happy Birthday, sweet little guy!!

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    April 11, 2011 at 21:16

  23. What a sweet boy! You’ve done a good job bringing him up and when he’s a big chap he’ll still be a gentle giant.

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    April 11, 2011 at 21:48

  24. Riet

    What a gorgeous boy and happy birthday to him

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    April 11, 2011 at 22:07

  25. Obviously, he’s had a wonderful mentor from you guys! Congrations on raising a sensitive and smart child Di.

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    April 11, 2011 at 23:39

  26. Happy Birthday to your precious son…

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    April 12, 2011 at 00:00

  27. He will be a leader, when he grows up. You can be so proud.

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    April 12, 2011 at 00:39

  28. Fi, these are wonderful photos of your son. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I like the reflection and the silhouette, but his eyes in the last really tell a story about his personality!

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    April 12, 2011 at 00:58

  29. Wren

    I love this story! What a great family you have – you must be very, very proud of them indeed.

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    April 12, 2011 at 02:38

  30. Awww…what a sweet post for a sweet boy! Love the photos!

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    April 12, 2011 at 03:29

  31. cherry blossom

    Where did he get that sense of humour!? πŸ™‚
    Beautiful boy!!
    Happy, happy birthday!

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    April 12, 2011 at 03:39

  32. I am so glade that the cockroach is not a real one. He is such a fun boy!

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    April 12, 2011 at 05:26

  33. Nummy boy. I can tell you’re a peace-making tribe. Beautiful, my friend. xo

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    April 12, 2011 at 05:29

  34. He is beautiful and he looks just like my boys and they obviously have the same heritage! What a wonderful young man he is and I’m sure having you as a mother has helped. I have so enjoyed the pics of your family — when you have posted them. You have every right to be very proud — he is the result, in part, of your parenting. Have a beautiful week — both of you.

    Sylvia

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    April 12, 2011 at 06:02

  35. Happy Birthday to your little one. πŸ™‚
    Fun shot with the cockroach.

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    April 12, 2011 at 06:07

  36. lilalia

    We have to raise our children to know compassion and empathy for others. Your son seems to have found that part of his heart. What a great thing that is to discover in a child.

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    April 12, 2011 at 08:10

  37. Happy Birthday to your little one, Fiona…Yes…we have many thigns to learn with the children.

    The first photo is a very good portrait. One of the best I have seem this week on the internet.

    congrats
    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/04/spring%c2%b4s-coming-grace/

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    April 12, 2011 at 08:48

  38. that was lovely

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    April 12, 2011 at 09:06

  39. He’s so cute. It seems he was born a peacemaker. We need people like him in this world.

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    April 12, 2011 at 10:06

  40. How brave they are! Yes, we must learn many things from them, and no bullying at all in this world. Thank you for nice story.

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    April 12, 2011 at 13:19

  41. What a delightful child you have. We want peace on earth is the perfect mantra. I hope they help make it happen when they are adults.

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    April 12, 2011 at 14:10

  42. what a cutie pie. love his expressive eyes. Happy birthday to your son! πŸ™‚

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    April 12, 2011 at 15:13

  43. These are beautiful pictures of a sweet natured boy with expressive eyes. πŸ™‚ I loved the last one!

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    April 12, 2011 at 15:54


  44. Β· Everyone should be happy if they had a peacemaker at home.
    Wondeful photos.

    Β· regards

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    Β·

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    April 12, 2011 at 17:50

  45. Oh Thank God for the cockroach explanation! Happy Birthday to your Big Boy! Wishing him a year filled with happiness and good things!

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    April 12, 2011 at 18:17

  46. A very happy belated birthday. It looks and sounds like you’ve got a very special boy there, but I expect you already know that.

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    April 12, 2011 at 19:44

  47. Ahhhhhhh so funny this picture with a big cockroaches!!!

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    April 12, 2011 at 19:55

  48. He is a handsome and mature 8-year old! Good job Mom and Dad!!

    We have real cockroaches here in Florida and, nature lover that I am, I would still be quite OK with if one WERE harmed for any reason. (In fact we have a man with a sprayer come round every quarter to do that — on purpose!) Thank goodness that was just a plastic one there on your son’s head.

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    April 12, 2011 at 20:04

  49. Children are our saviours, I’d say. Your boy is one handsome dude, Fi. Cheers!

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    April 12, 2011 at 23:58

  50. What can I say?!
    Time flies!!
    Oh yes, cockroaches fly too!

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    April 13, 2011 at 00:28

  51. Al

    That’s a very powerful thing he did, he sounds like a great boy. I love the cockroach!

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    April 13, 2011 at 01:47

  52. An incredible young man. Beautiful shots!

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    April 13, 2011 at 03:24

  53. Congrats, young man!

    I’m adding your Mom to my blogroll
    after this cool post-

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    April 13, 2011 at 04:03

  54. Wonderful sweet boy.

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    April 13, 2011 at 05:13

  55. The last pic really got me in, until i read the caption! Lovely boy, he is πŸ™‚

    My Yatra Diary…

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    April 13, 2011 at 07:57

  56. Happy birthday to your lovely boy! You reminded me of my son when he was at that age. Time flies!

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    April 13, 2011 at 11:04

  57. Truly amazing

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    April 13, 2011 at 12:36

  58. I thought it was real at first!

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    April 13, 2011 at 13:13

  59. Fabulous post! Anklebiter #2 is smarter than most adults!

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    April 13, 2011 at 20:46

  60. I think your special boy has a sense of humor as well as a sense of fair play. I’m so glad that wasn’t a real cockroach!

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    April 13, 2011 at 22:49

  61. Jen

    You have amazing children. And they are the future of our world, that’s a really good thing.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    April 13, 2011 at 22:59

  62. Nice young man.

    The fake roach is a real wakeup early in the morning.

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    April 14, 2011 at 15:48

  63. Lovely images of your lad. The roach was for sure a shock till I learned what it was.

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    April 14, 2011 at 18:05

  64. What a nice boy! Imagine that coming from an eight year old! I’m happy for both of you!

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    April 15, 2011 at 03:40

  65. Really like the two photo. you had him wear the hat which made a nice silhouette.

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    April 15, 2011 at 03:51

  66. Halie

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. A wonderful young man, a peacemaker.

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    April 15, 2011 at 05:27

  67. JM

    The boy’s (almost) silhouette is just beautiful! Great shot.

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    April 15, 2011 at 13:37

  68. What a beautiful spirit your young man has. I’m sure a lot of who he is becoming has been learned from a mother who sets a great example.

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    April 15, 2011 at 18:08

  69. Love the last photo..Happy Birthday to your youngest Anklebiter..I hope you baked him a cake. Eight one day and eighteen the next..grab these years while you can! πŸ™‚

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    April 15, 2011 at 18:10

  70. Fi, that’s great what your boy and his friends did. I liked the photo of him with the false cockroach on his head – Dave

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    April 16, 2011 at 06:58

  71. How could I forget this image! Great for the board! Thanks LF!

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    April 16, 2011 at 16:59

  72. Happy birthday to your son! He has such laughter in his eyes.

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    April 19, 2011 at 13:38

  73. You have a wonderful young man there. Politicians could learn from him…
    That last photo is horrific-ly HILARIOUS!!

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    May 2, 2011 at 04:10

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