(photo by Anne Prado-Magadia)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!
My son, Ari (Renato III), turned 7 today. We had a big party for him last Saturday in my parent's home. Most of his classmates and friends attended, and everybody had great fun (one fell into the pool, another ran naked in the garden and a couple of them wrestled in the mud).
I am proud of my son, who is not only bright and artistic, but is also very popular. He is funny and full of life. He is also beginning to show some interest in photography, using his Nintendo DS to shoot and edit, and I am excited about it.
My son clowning around in my studio
I wanted to get him a real camera for his birthday, but decided to delay it for another year or two (to see if he really wants it). I gave my daughter her own camera when she turned 6, but she hardly uses it. Unfortunately it was in Pink, so my son would not touch it with a ten foot pole. I do not want to force photography on him, anymore than I want to determine what he wants to be or to eventually do with his life. But I am struggling hard to restrain my fatherly instincts to make him like what I like. I guess it is just natural for any father...
Instead of a card this year, I am also giving my son a 'birthday comicbook,' like what I gave my daughter a month ago ("10 Years Ago Today"). As a storyteller, I find it more natural and fun to say what I am feeling by telling a story (plus I really love this iPhone App. - I highly recommend it).