Monday, 4 April 2011

C is for...my children

How can you have two children, (whose names both just also happen to start with the letter 'C') bring them up the same, yet their characters are completely different?

Where do I start with Cameron, Trainee Chef and eldest son
Well, there’s only one Cameron, that's for sure! His character is his strength, and he really is a character; one of those once seen, never forgotten types. Despite his lazy tendencies, he’s razor sharp and has charm in abundance. He’d make a wonderful salesperson and is a natural leader. It wouldn't surprise me if he ended up famous; maybe a captain of industry or on the TV as a celebrity chef.

He appears strong, invincible, and occasionally madcap to the outside world. However, as his mother I know he’s often wearing an invisible shield, the one with feigned self-confidence and bravado. He’s at that age, nearly eighteen, (it must be hormones) when I wish I knew what was going on in his head. I try to talk. Sometimes he doesn’t want to. Sometimes he can’t. Sometimes I can’t shut him up. Sometimes he hates the world. I try not to nag or push too much but I can’t win. I’m a mother, which means on occasions I’m his emotional punch bag. My love is unconditional. He knows that, and that I’ll always be here for him. He tells me he loves me several times every day so I’m luckier than many who have teenage sons.

Cameron’s character will be the making of him. Everyone who meets him says he’s special. I hope in time he will see it for himself and make the most of it.

Chef Cameron; my crazy, characterful, Cancerian clown of a son

Then there's litle Callum, light of our lives. Callum, constantly cheerful and co-operative is still at ten years old considered cute. And thankfully, he’s also very cuddly although he can be cool with strangers. He's altogether quieter, more reserved than his elder brother, never crazy. He’s far too busy being cautious, sometimes fretting unnecessarily. He’s sharp too; intelligent and how he surprises us as the comedian.

Underneath the quieter fa├žade, he’s the one with the confidence. He has a smile that will light up a room. He’s kind, loves animals, and is considerate. It’s a rare quality in one so young. Perhaps it’s my illness that has made him that way. And he has his own health issues to contend with. They think he may be showing signs of developing my Behcets disease. The tests have started. Only time will tell. When he has flare ups we lose our little ray of sunshine for a few days/weeks. His effervescence flattens like a bottle of pop left with the lid off. But most days he is chirpy and bright.

Cheerful, chirpy, Callum the cuddler, confident and calm.

So there you have my C words - Cameron and Callum. My Children.

19 comments:

Siv Maria said...

You have really beautiful boys :) What made you decide to name both of them with C lerrers?

Siv Maria said...

letters, sorry retarded fingers :)

mountainear said...

What handsome lads - you're very lucky to have 2 such fine sons.

Lurve that header pic!

Irish Nomad said...

Two very lucky boys to have such a loving, intuitive, perceptive and awesome Mom :)

Shirley Wells said...

Aw, that's lovely. So glad I stopped by your blog today. :)

What beautiful lads you have. No wonder you're so proud of them!

Westerwitch/Headmistress said...

:) You have two wonderful children - who under your guidance will grow into two wonderful men.

Fennie said...

Lovely boys. May they grow up well.
Horrible to think that the dreaded Behcets may be spreading though. Please no, for your sake.

You have two wonderful sons - but will they keep you in your old age? That's what I try to instill into my daughters (who are also very different). But all they do is to threaten to put me into a retirement home in Bulgaria.
Bah! Children, are they worth it? And then they have grandchildren whom they plonk on you and expect you to do another round of parenting just because they have this odd idea you are an expert.
Humbug.

Flowerpot said...

What a lovely bunch Debbie - and great smiles too. No wonder you're so proud of them.

Talli Roland said...

Aw, you must be SO proud! They're gorgeous!

CAMILLA said...

You have two gorgeous sons who are special to you in every way, what handsome boys they are. They are truly lucky to have such a fab Mum too.!

xx

Carole Anne Carr said...

Two lovely children. Very blessed.

Name: Luana Krause said...

I love it that siblings are opposites. It makes the world an exciting place. Spouses are that way, too.

Posie said...

Lovely boys, enjoy!!

Debs Carr said...

What handsome, interesting sons you have.

Langley said...

C must have been easy for you to write. Beautiful boys!

Kathy said...

Beautiful children! How could you not use them for the "C" part of the challenge. Great post!
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Bossy Betty said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and becoming a follower! I really appreciate it.

You have a lovely family!

Sylvia Ney said...

What handsome boys! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I'll be posting about "dialogue" tomorrow and hope you'll find some useful information. I look forward to reading more from you as well.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What lovely, handsome lads. I love the way children from the same family can be so different. I have a grown up boy and girl, but your boys remind me very much of my two nephews who are of similar age gap and excel at quite different things.