Jacob’s Salutations

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I am beginning to put into practice something that my son does quite naturally, which I also used to do and cannot for the life of me think of a good reason why I stopped. Jacob will offer the most exuberant smile and salutations to anyone, anywhere at any time. And every single time the response is amazing. People’s faces light up. Once an old man said, “that just made my day!” I suppose like many of us I had become accustomed to the fake smile/half grimace and head nod that probably indicates more wariness of strangers than openness. Now I am eliciting responses from strangers nearly as powerful as those my son can create, and I’m grateful in this regard to have a teacher as bright as my son to help remind me of the way…


Here’s a neat picture of Jacob taken near the Anderson Pea Soup Restaurant in Buellton last month, on our father/son road trip to visit grandparents in Southern California. I like having this as my desktop background image. (Sometimes it appears as though he is pointing at the window I am using!)
The statues behind him are of children saluting the American flag. It’s part of a wonderfully landscaped median in the middle of the road “Avenue of the Flags.”

Here’s a neat picture of Jacob taken near the Anderson Pea Soup Restaurant in Buellton last month, on our father/son road trip to visit grandparents in Southern California. I like having this as my desktop background image. (Sometimes it appears as though he is pointing at the window I am using!)

The statues behind him are of children saluting the American flag. It’s part of a wonderfully landscaped median in the middle of the road “Avenue of the Flags.”


This was the first time Jacob ever looked at me – I don’t know how I managed to get the picture! I’m not sure if he could see me that well, having just been born and all, but I am sure he knew my voice. These early pictures remind me of his new baby smell – such a beautiful fragrance! I miss that…

This was the first time Jacob ever looked at me – I don’t know how I managed to get the picture! I’m not sure if he could see me that well, having just been born and all, but I am sure he knew my voice. These early pictures remind me of his new baby smell – such a beautiful fragrance! I miss that…


Jacob was born on February 22, 2010. He was delivered by c-section so I had to wear scrubs. His Uncle Bubba took this photo of us bonding in the nursery. It was awesome for me but hard for Karri because she had to get stitched up before she could hold him. I had him all to myself for the first 1/2 hour of his life, and we have been very close ever since!

Jacob was born on February 22, 2010. He was delivered by c-section so I had to wear scrubs. His Uncle Bubba took this photo of us bonding in the nursery. It was awesome for me but hard for Karri because she had to get stitched up before she could hold him. I had him all to myself for the first 1/2 hour of his life, and we have been very close ever since!