He doesn’t know it yet, but for his fifteenth birthday our youngest is receiving a booklet of moments Mom scribbled down of his antics from ages 1 to 6+. 

Early on, a neighbor friend suggested I keep a can to collect memorable ‘Sam’ moments on scraps of paper, rather than labor over trying to keep up with a baby book. (Wish I got that suggestion 20 years before for the older two!) I unearthed that can a couple months ago, cleaning out a cupboard. Here’s a taste:

One December morning Sam walked into the kitchen:

SAM: Momma, could I please have K R S T M U N C for breakfast?

MOM: Um – what does that spell?

SAM: I don’t know. What does it spell?