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26 Minutes with Byrdboy #2 
Apr. 2, 2010 5:09 am 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2012 5:36 am
I don’t really write about food. I love food, and play with it daily, but my experiences are what truly feed me. Family and friends, work, things that I do, and things I think about…Whenever I think about writing about food, I end up writing about something else. Often, the something else is Byrdboy #2.
Some of you may think that I neglect Byrdboy #1 in favor of #2, but the truth is that #2 still lives with me, he never stops talking, and he is weird. Generous Byrdboy #1 would be the first to provide more #2 material for my stories, so I don’t feel at all guilty about it. Maybe a little. Whatever.
This is an actual accounting of 26 recent minutes spent with the BB2. I couldn’t remember or fit everything that happened in the 26 minutes into the story, but I wrote it all down the minute I got home, so it comes close. He’s really exhausting and fun, full of goofy tenderness and a kind of yearning that makes me feel so hopeful.  
He brings out the weird in me, as well.


The BB2 is going to meet his girlfriend at a bus stop near our house. Actually, it’s not the usual place, he informs me - but across from the usual place, closer to the school. I tell him I’ll drop him off if he’ll run with me to the store real quick. We’ll do a ‘sweep’ and I’ll have him there to meet her in 26 minutes.
In the car he starts up:

You know the Pledge of Allegiance?

Well, yes.

Duh. Wouldn’t it be better without the “under God?”

I don’t know. I like the rhythm of the ‘under God.’ It’s like,
One Nation.
Under God.
There’s a good thump to it

Yeah, it just doesn’t seem fair to everyone.

No… but you have to remember that The Pledge was written at a time when, if you weren’t Christian, you didn’t count as an American… and we’re still tricky about that.

Well. Still.


Whoa, Mom. You just made a face like a pirate!

I did? Yar! … Would you rather have a peg leg or a hook hand?

Wait. Would it have to be a peg or could it just be a wooden leg?

Well yeah, it would be a wooden leg…

I mean, could it have like a foot on it?

What? No! Right, you can have an effing bionic prosthesis! No, it has to be a peg leg.

You should have had another choice of no eye, like an eye patch or something…

Nope! My game, my rules.

Hm. Okay, I guess I’ll take the hook hand. A peg leg would make me feel nervous.



Okay. A hook hand it is. Have fun scratching your arse.

Hum….hum de dum… [sings] … hey buddy, how’s it goin’…

We both bust out in hysterical laughter that lasts way too long.

In the store he is walking behind me, jiving to the canned funk music:

It would be so cool – this would probably never happen – if someone would pay me to dance behind people while they shopped.

That would totally never happen

I wish it would! It would be so awesome.

You’d be a natural, already practiced.

Look! All these people think I’m way cooler than you. They’re like, ‘Look at that kid. He’s way cooler than his mom.’

No doubt.

God, I’m really good at this.

In the checkout line:

If I wasn’t going on a date I would totally get one of those.

Why is it a bad idea on a date? Get her one, too.

Oh, yeah! Then I’ll be like –

Holds hands behind back.

And then I’d be like –

Holds one hand out and raises one eyebrow.

You can say, ‘Here baby, this is for you.

No, I’ll just be like –

Raises one eyebrow.

In the car again:

Who is your favorite, Snap Crackle or Pop?

Oh, Snap! Just kidding. I don’t even remember who is who.

Snap is the one with red hair.

No, not him. I hate him. Which has brown hair?

That’s Pop.

With the red?

Yeah. He has a red shirt.

Okay. I dig him.

Wait. Where are you going?

I told you! I’m going back this way to get you on the right side of the street.

But it’s back there.

What? Whitman is like 5 blocks farther this way.

No. What? I’m talking about the school.

Oh. Wait. I was thinking . Sorry. I’ll turn around and go up this way.

I can feel his tension building - we only have 3 minutes left, we might be late, he hates being late - as he sings along with the radio:

 “Oh and ain’t that America for you and me?” …

There’s a divider in the street and I can’t get across so I’m going to have to turn right. Shoot. Now I’m gonna get stuck at this light. He’s going to be a nervous wreck.

…somethin’ to seeee, baby… Oh Jeez, look.  Now she’s on the phone.

Your girl? Can you see her?

No. The woman in that car.  I hate her. I think maybe you should just let me out here. I think maybe I could walk it faster.

Are you sure?

Yeah. Just let me out here and I’ll cross and run up.

Okay. Don’t get hit by a car.


Alright. Have fun! Call me and let me know what you’re doing.

Okay. Thanks. Bye.


And he’s gone. I can see him, though.
He’s a long handsome boy, loping across the street through traffic,
wearing a lime green zip-up, a coral t-shirt, black pants, and bright orange high-tops.
Each hand clutches a jumbo Rice Krispies Treat.
His face is earnest and his stride is sure as he reaches the other side;
he sees nothing but his destination.

 “…little pink houses for you and me.”


I had the BB2 read this before I shared it with you. I don’t want to embarrass him and I don’t want to get killed. He has usually forgotten everything by the time he reads my account, so he was smiling and chuckling with remembrance as he read (and I think he’s always a little surprised when I bother to write it down, too). When he finished, he grinned and said:

Whenever I read what you wrote about me,
I feel so good about myself.

Just so you know why it has to be published.

You are good, Loomi.
Pancakes for (more) fun.
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Apr. 2, 2010 6:18 am
That was lovely writing. It makes me happy when I read others writing about the everyday moments that make parenting and just "being" such a wonderful things. I don't take many pictures, but I write down my memories and those, to me, are more splendid and colorful than any photograph. In this writing, I see what you saw. Thanks for sharing it.
Apr. 2, 2010 6:22 am
Sunny, I love it! :) Such personality, that boy of yours! If I were to stumble across you two in the grocery store, you would BOTH bring a smile to my face! Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 2, 2010 7:01 am
LOVE IT SUNNY!!! I just had a baby last year in July...my 1st - a boy. I have been reading over your blogs about BB1 & BB2 and they always bring me happy tears (I am still a little emotional since last summer hahaha) I truly hope to have such a wonderful relationship with my peanut as you do with your boys! (wanna share any wisdom??) Thank you for sharing!
Apr. 2, 2010 8:09 am
Lynna - thank you! Great compliment. I take LOTS of pictures (of food), but the only way to really capture memories is to write them while they're hot. I wish I had done it more when they were small... Thanks. :) Christina! Punkin! I wish you WOULD stumble over us! We could all link arms and jive on into the canned foods! &hearts; Heather - Thank you and Congratulations (boys are best, and I'm SO objective on the matter)! I've been a little emotional since 1988. Words of wisdom. I started this gig at 17 and still don't know what the hell I'm doing - remember you don't either and you'll be fine, haha! Rules for the Byrdhouse are these: 1. Don't be an a-hole. 2. Don't die. 3. Don't go to jail. By (mostly) following these rules, we are all doing quite well. Good luck to you and Peanut - and thank you! :D
Apr. 2, 2010 10:34 am
HAHA, nice blog! Soooo funny :) Keep up the good work! &hearts;
Apr. 2, 2010 10:42 am
Oh Sunny, that was such a sweet blog. You have such wonderful children and it's a joy to read about your exchanges with them. Incredibly funny dialoges with your teenagers. Glad you could share that with us! Happy Easter!
Apr. 2, 2010 1:29 pm
Oh, I'm not a crier, but that was so beautiful!! Love me some John Cougar, tell both Byrdboys HI from another mom with awesome boys!!
Apr. 2, 2010 3:34 pm
I'm so glad you are writing again. I missed you. Mag
Apr. 2, 2010 4:54 pm
Two sons here...close together, then seven years later a daughter. Ah, but this brought back such vivid memories of THAT time with my #2, who talked and clowned with me. Thank BB2 for the "go ahead". ;o) as I thank you for the writing of it.
Apr. 2, 2010 6:30 pm
I really loved this blog. Actually got a little teary reading it. I have one son...he's 25 now and he's put me through some hell now and then but I just love him so much, sometimes it hurts. By your writing, I know you feel this way too.
Apr. 2, 2010 10:15 pm
geranium! Thanks, bebe (and thanks for commenting!). &hearts; Lace - Thank you - it's a joy to share them. Happy Easter to you and yours, too! Scotdog - We are weepy auld mammies of awesome boys and lovers of JCM. We weep because we KNOW. &hearts; to you and the Dogboys (ha!) YO.mags! Thanks so much! It's good to have you reading again - I missed you, too. :) Hezzy - Glad to bring back memories for you. They are supersweet, huh? Little cretins. :) Janmarie - Yes, I do. They're killing us softly. Ouch. Take care and thanks for reading. &hearts; Sunny
Apr. 3, 2010 1:31 am
Sunny..where do I get a bb2???? That was hilarious!!
Apr. 3, 2010 5:31 am
Sunny...it's gotta be something to have kids! I don't know, I never had any. My hat's off to you, girl, you sure can tell a story!!
Apr. 3, 2010 8:10 am
Aw, Sunny. . . *wiping a tear* I, too was 17 when I started this gig. That one will be 38, in 7 days (such a joy he has always been). And my youngest, John will be 18 in July. There is something "je ne sais qua" about boys, they capture your heart at first sight, break it repeatedly (innocently) and the love never stops. Thanks for a great blog.
Apr. 3, 2010 9:57 am
Happy Saturday! kylee - The BB2 was found in a cabbage patch as usual, but he is a strange and rare hybrid, impossible to duplicate. With luck you'll find one that is just as fun. :) witchywoman - Yes, it's something! Something else. Thank you so much! :) Lady Sparkle - Another lifer! Mine will be 22 and 17 in July and I ache just as deeply - and laugh just as hard - as I did when they were 7 and 2. Grandchildren will do me in - can't wait. Thanks for getting it. :)
Apr. 3, 2010 5:42 pm
Aw, Sunny! You tell it so well! Kids of all kinds are the best but I just love your stories of BB#2! He is one awesome kid and what fun it must be to be raising him!! Good work, girlfriend!!....Ginny
Apr. 4, 2010 12:53 am
Arn't boys great...and sounds like you have an awesome kid! ;)
Apr. 5, 2010 5:41 am
Great story! And your food photos are always amazing!
Apr. 5, 2010 10:41 am
have to say I'm a lil' jealous, being the mom of two girls (10 & 6) & no boys... hope my girls find someone at least half as awesome as your BB's... with an equally awesome mama, of course <3
Apr. 5, 2010 9:19 pm
Sunny, your boys remind me so much of my godson, Nathan. He's 6, and the highlight of my life. As we were going to hunt the "eggs laid by the Easter Chicken" (a Nathan-ism, as rabbits are OBVIOUSLY scientifically incapable of laying eggs :), I tell him "Guess what I've decided?" "What?" "I'm going to live for 500 years." "You can't. That's not possible." "Sure it is. When I think I'm going to die soon, I'll have them freeze me and wake me back up in a few hundred years." I can see the cogs working in his razor-sharp, super-cute little 6-year-old brain. And then he says "Well, then I'll just put you under the ice in Antarctica and let the penguins skate on you." LOL! I didn't have a response for that one!
Apr. 7, 2010 4:03 pm
Whew - late again! Thank you grannigigi! Yes, it IS fun! :) Traci - Boys are the greatEST (to folks like you and I). Thanks. :) Thank you Barbara!!! kadyelle - I'm sure girls are just as awesome in their own right (I just don't REALLY believe it, haha). I'm hoping both my boys end up with girls that keep them on their awesome toes! :) HugBug - Your story cracked me up - and reminds me of when the BB2 (at the same age, 6 - it must be that whole recognition of death thing) decided that if he died, he wanted us to get him STUFFED and put him in the storage room. Just in case. HA! Keep enjoying Nathan - I'm sure he'll only get weirder and cuter. Thanks for sharing! :)
Apr. 8, 2010 4:21 am
That's great that he doesn't mind you sharing and that your writing that stuff down makes him feel good. But, now I MISS MY BOYS!!
Apr. 8, 2010 5:19 am
I like your house rules. #1 pretty much covers the entire range of activities that would normally necessitate lots of little rules for. My mom had a similar if less poetic rule--it was "don't hurt anybody". Pretty much the same thing, right! Have a great day, and ARRR, matey! (I'm a sucker for pirate stories.)
Apr. 8, 2010 7:25 am
Oh, yes! Boys are weird and wonderful. I have one that is only just 7. He's weird alright. And he's a TON of fun. That was a sweet read, thanks for sharing it.
Apr. 8, 2010 12:45 pm
I hope that you are saving these writings. Put them in a book for your children one day. Or try to get published. This is good stuff.
Apr. 8, 2010 1:58 pm
Thanks for the laugh! This was great. Teenage boys sure keep you on your toes!
Apr. 8, 2010 2:14 pm
Been out for a week and am so glad to catch up. Great Blog! You make the reader *see* and *hear* what you write. Such a gift... BB2 sounds like a real charmer. I can almost feel his personality!! I'm raising my 13yr. old grandson and let me assure you it's sweeter, now that I'm older. Like you and Lady Sparkle I was just 18 when I when I had my dtr., but raising this *boy* has been the joy of my life. They're (boys)different in the best possible way. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Lucky, lucky byrdboy to have a mom who truly appreciates all that he is!
Apr. 8, 2010 3:43 pm
Awww...how cool. I love how he says you make him feel good about himself when you write about him. I hope you're keeping all of these stories so you can make a memory book to give him someday. That would be a great wedding present :-)
Apr. 8, 2010 5:39 pm
Are you sure the working title of this blog wasn't "26 minutes w/BB#2 ON LTH'S BDAY"....?
Apr. 8, 2010 5:48 pm
Sunny, I just posted my first blog (sort of about Nathan) and I have you to thank for it. :) You inspire me. Nathan is the greatest. I can't wait for his little sister, Aurora (2 years old), to get more involved with us weird folk. I bet she'll be totally different! And Happy Birthday, lovestohost!!
Apr. 8, 2010 6:29 pm
what a great glimpse of life ...just everyday normal life! so nice to see you again sunny! your son sounds terrific. isn't life strange and wonderful and full of great surprises. nice blog...the best things are the NORMAL THINGS! love ya sunny...so very nice to see you. hug that long-legged ankle biter!
Apr. 8, 2010 8:34 pm
CookinArgentina -- Sorry I amde you miss your boys. Call them!! :)~~ JARRIE - Yarr, mate. The Don't Be An A-hole rule is another way of saying Be Kind, which is yes, Don't Hurt Anybody. Your mom was right and it can save us ALL. Thanks for reading! ~~ CC - I LUV BOYS! I've know it all my life, haha! ~~ Michelle - Thanks! Yes, I'm keeping them. I have some more that I can't shre in this venue, but all are precious to me. Thank you. :) ~~ wisweetp - Thank you for reading! Yes they do, but at least you know you are still upright - ha! ~~ lindadiane - Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to grandparenting (not too soon, Lord please...). I think I will win at it. Enjoy your boy! &hearts; ~~ blancdeblanc - Thank you! I do! Even the ugly bits!!! :D ~~ Keri - Thanks! Yes, I was worried it might make him feel seflconscious, especially if I shared it wiht 'strangers,' but he surprised me (again!). I'm always up for an opportunity to make him feel good about himself, so here you have it. Thank you. &hearts; ~~ LTH - The working title for this was "LTH Never Invites Me To Her Effing Birthday Party, So I Guess I'll Trap Myself With The BB2 For 26 Minutes And See If I Live Through It - I Guess THAT Will Effing Show Her. &hearts; ~~ HugBug - YAY! I'm gonna go read it !!! ~~ gderr - YES. The best things in life are the normal things - and aren't they EXTRAORDINAIRY?! We are so blessed to know them when we see them. Love to you and Claire (and your own ankle-biters). &hearts;
Apr. 8, 2010 8:51 pm
I think gderr summed up exactly what I was thinking as I read this. It's the every day interactions that you think about at night before you go to sleep, five years later when you see a crack in the sidewalk or a tree limb that reminds you of *that one time when...* I hope your blogs serve as a reminder to busy parents out there, that you only need 26 minutes for a great interaction with your kid. Thanks for sharing with the whole wide AR world :)
Apr. 8, 2010 11:24 pm
Up in the middle of the night and was fortunate enough to run across your wonderful blog. It put me back in time to when my "kids" were my own and we made fun from the everyday stuff. My kids are in their mid-forties now and have their own stories with their kids. Some I've been lucky enough to be part of. Thanks for the reminder of the simpler time. Love your writing!
Apr. 9, 2010 7:29 am
Great read Sunny, thanks
Apr. 9, 2010 8:59 am
Great stuff. Ya, you definitely have to keep these in a book. You put a smile to my face this morning. I want to read more. :) Peace
Apr. 9, 2010 2:13 pm
awesome sunny just awesome. Made me appriciate even more all my wacky conversations with my kids thanks so much for sharing
Apr. 9, 2010 2:18 pm
It is terrific that you have the ability to capture a brief, happy, everyday interlude with BB2. I had some times like that with my boys, but I was never wise enough to document them. Having had both, I can tell you for sure boys are more apt to be goofy and open. It is too bad they grow up so soon and we lose those precious encounters. Hug BB2 for me.
Apr. 9, 2010 5:57 pm
Great read - I'm so glad you're back! And just think, if your writings make him smile now, how happy they will make him when he shares them with his kids later in life!
Apr. 9, 2010 7:18 pm
BB2 sounds like a great guy :) Boys are the best and you're right that they bring out the weird in all of us. You sound like a cool mom, Sunny. &hearts;
Apr. 9, 2010 7:44 pm
Aw that's so sweet he got rice krispy treats for him and his girl. I have a number two son that sounds just like that. What is it with the second kid? He is my hyper child, full of joy and laughter, and weirdness, total opposite of the older brother. I love them both dearly.
Apr. 9, 2010 8:37 pm
My #2 boy is only 3, but he is silly and funny in a way that his older(aged 7) brother never was. I love them both sooo much, but #2 makes me laugh like no one else....
Apr. 10, 2010 7:46 am
Haha Cookinbug - sometimes even 26 minutes is too long. Thanks for making an appearance. &hearts; ~~ Thank you Linnie! Glad I could keep you company in the middle of the night! :) ~~ LMP - Thanks! ~~ MochaMe - Thank you! I hope to write more soon. :) ~~ Thanks Valali! ~~ BSM - I have a feeling that BB2 is going to be a long time in loosing his 'goofy encounter' habit. At least I hope so. Thank you. &hearts; ~~ swchef - Thanks, I'm glad I'm back to. I hope he enjoys them later as well as now. We'll see, haha! ~~ CitrusPunch - I'm going for the Coolest Effer in Town, but BB2 says I'm only the Hottest Poop on the Block so far. Always striving... :D ~~ sassyoldlady - The Rice Krispies Treats just about did me in at the end. The BB1 is sweet and fun too, but he just doesn't have the kick-in-the-pants-factor of the BB2. Not sure he'd want it, haha! I love them both dearly, too. Sigh. Thanks! ~~ Ambikins, I think the little ones learn to be showmen from early on, so they can slide their heinous crimes under the radar. :D
Apr. 12, 2010 8:03 am
What a great reminder to cherish every moment! It seems like it was just yesterday I had to get my baby in and out of her car seat...now it's 9 yrs. later and she wants to do everything herself. Funny, you mentioned up there about finding your son in a cabbage patch...My husband likes to tell our daughter he found her under a cow turd!! You are a great story teller.
May 6, 2010 7:15 am
What a fabulous read! I stumbled on your blog, looking for a recipe. I was drawn by your cupcake title and was enthralled. Despite having an agenda for the day, I sat & read all of your posts, having never read a blog before! PLEASE, PLEASE write down all of your family & work stories and make an effort to get it published! It would be a runaway bestseller.
Sep. 6, 2012 5:36 am
I realize this is two years later than the last post. But I just had to add a note. I loved your blog and I stumbled on it when I saw your name. I'm not sure if your full name is Sunny Byrd or that's a pen name but my name is June Byrd (my login is my kids' name) and I just wanted to say hi. I don't have byrdboys, only byrd girls. You are a great writer--keep it up!
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