When I saw that this month's theme was "Abundance", it was easy to choose my topic. Quite simply, I have an abundance of boys. I have four boys. I am also married....so really...I have five boys.
Ian is 15. I know that people complain about teenagers but so far this one is pretty tolerable. I get the occasional eye roll and yeah-sure-Mom-whatever-you-don't-know anything- look but generally he's a great kid. He's been an insulin dependent diabetic since he was 2 years old, so he's had to be pretty responsible from the time he was very small.
Leo is 12. The kid is a walking, talking episode of The History Channel or Discovery Channel--take your pick. He possesses a wealth of knowledge but has no filter. Remember Estelle Getty's character in "Golden Girls"? Ummmm...yeah. He is also a giant cuddly guy who still sleeps with his bunny. (Don't judge.)
Our twins William and Jack are 9. Jackson is the artistic goofball who could charm an ant of his pants. William is my athlete and embodies the sensitive-tough guy. (He will have NO trouble getting girls).
The biggest boy is 41. I married my college sweetheart. We just celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary this weekend. He works his butt off and takes great care of our family. However, since he is a man, he seems incapable of finding the laundry basket. He leaves a trail to the basket and litters clothing around it...but never actually gets anything in it.
Even the dogs are male. Cooper is a blond cocker spaniel. He's as blond as it gets. Dumb as dirt but sweet. Patch is his son--a beagle/cocker spaniel mix. He's all beagle. Smart as a whip but barks at everything. I worry that the neighbors are plotting to do him in.
Finally, we have the squawking cockateil. Spike. That bird only squawks when I get a phone call. Yes, you guessed it...also a boy.
Let's face it ladies. I'm completely outnumbered. The abundance of boys leads to an abundance of laundry, homework, dishes, food shopping trips, beds to make, shoes to trip over....the list goes on and you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. My house is very loud and often resembles organized chaos and I love it because more than anything there's an abundance of love.
I think I'll write a memoir after they all get through puberty. The title will be, "An Island of Estrogen in a Sea of Testosterone: My Life Among Men and Boys".
Book 1 in my paranormal romance series will be released with SB in Fall 2011. The Amoveo Series is about a secret society of shape shifters who are struggling to find their mates and save their species from the brink of extinction.