Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to Liam!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
My best pal in the whole wide world is William Henry Thompson IV and today he turns 12. I've known him his whole life, and he's known me, his dad, his whole life. We even formed a two-guy club called The Hotdog Brothers.

We do manly things like cook over campfires, and play pool, and throw the football, and spit, and pee outside. We are The Hotdog Brothers, YES WE ARE!

Nobody can do goofier or funnier things than Liam—like making cow's udders on your shadow on a winter's afternoon.

Liam, as he's known to most, has lots of other names, too: Popo, Shoomie, Brostie, Jonesie Boy, Stupendous Man, and many others. He is an artist and has an artist's heart and sensitivity.

Liam's best friend in the world is his big sister Phoebe. He's never know a world without Phoebe, which is lucky for him.He really adores Phoebe, and she him. She's taught him about the world, helped him with his homework, encouraged him to do new things, and even defended him at times from being picked on.

In return, Liam makes Phoebe laugh—a lot! Sometimes he acts like Uncle Feely, which can be annoying. But Phoebe puts up with it because she knows Liam loves her, and she can use this to get him to do things for her.

Any camera lying around in our house eventually gets filled with monkey-cam photos like this.

Liam is also an animal lover. Chet Baker, Boston Terrier, is like the brother that Liam never had. They play like siblings, with Chet play growling and Liam squealing out giggles of pure joy at the things Baker does.
Liam is the main fan in our house of our pair of Chinese dwarf hamsters. They like to sleep in Liam's hand while he reads or watches TV.

Liam cuts his own swath through the world of fashion and style. And because he's so sweet, he gets away with ensembles that a lesser being might not. For example: giant foam finger, fedora, camo shorts, green Crocks with white socks. Perfectly Liam!

Chicks dig Liam—especially older chicks, like Phoebe's high school friends, who loved having Liam along as part of Phoebe's 15th birthday last summer.

Even though he sometimes trudges to the school bus, Liam likes school. And school likes him, too.

For Halloween this year, Liam and Phoebe were pumpkinheaded monsters. Their costumes were amazing. It was Liam's concept made into real costumes by his mom, Julie.

There was quite a haul of candy. Above, Liam and his cousins Gus and Jake do a bit of candy trading after trick-or-treating.

Ahhh Liam! That's my boy! He's a dreamer, yes, but I'm so proud to be his daddy. And I'm so thankful that my own dad, William H. Thompson Jr, got to know my son, his namesake.

Happy birthday, sweet boy! I hope you someday get to feel how wonderful it is to have a child and to celebrate their birthday in a special way. Every year with you, Liam, is sweeter than the last.


On November 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM robin andrea said...

This is such a beautiful post of birthday love. I hope you print it and save it somewhere, so Liam can read it over and over in the faraway future.

Happy birthday to the remarkable younger half of The Hotdog Brothers!

On November 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM Birding is Fun! said...

Having one son, and three daughters, Kyle and I have a similar relationship as do you and Liam. I'm actually ditching birding this Saturday to go with him to a collage football game which I love almost as much as birding anyway.

Liam and Phoebe are certainly blessed to have parents like you and Zick!

On November 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM queenbeehoney said...

OK, I'm sobbing AT WORK. How is it that both you and Julie are capable of reaching into my chest and hauling my heart into slobbering soggy hilarious places?

Happy Birthday Liam. And Happy Birth Day Bill and Julie. He's such a gem.

On November 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM Tanya said...

Liam and Eliza share a birthday! What two wonderful Scorpios!!

On November 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM Mary said...

Tender and sweet words, Bill. Made me cry happy tears this afternoon! He truly is a special little man. You done good, Dad.

On November 8, 2011 at 5:28 PM Beyond My Garden said...

How very nice.

On November 8, 2011 at 6:15 PM Jeff Reiter said...

Well done Bill. I plan to steal all of your words when The Jaybird turns 11 next month. If not for the miles, Jay and Liam would be good buds. Alike in so many ways.

On November 9, 2011 at 11:02 AM B and B said...

Beautiful. This made my day.

On November 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM Mpho said...

When I atarted reading your post, the thought of Phoebe crossed my mind. As I went down the lines, enjoying the images,then came Phoebe into the picture and WOW!. They make a nice couple.Happy Birthday.

On November 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM Owlman said...

What an honest and loving post. A true inspiration for other parents!