Friday, November 21, 2014

Today's Upcoming Event and Other News

I wanted to remind you guys that today is "Friday's With Tom".

Tom.

It cracks me up in a way because here I am calling him Thomas and he writes his stories calling himself Tom. I'm sure there are a lot of you mom's and dad's out there who call their kid by their given name yet their kid calls themselves something else. I always wonder if I should start calling him Tom but he tells me he's fine with Thomas. To me, he isn't a "Tom", he's "my Thomas".

I'm not sure if I've ever told this story about his given name so I thought I'd share it here real quickly. I named him his full name, Thomas J (yes, just a "J") after the little boy in the movie "My Girl" about a young boy and girl who become friends. Thomas J is the boy in the movie who takes care of his little girl friend because she has so much anxiety about her life. He is sweet, loving and kind. He is the boy that I wanted my baby boy to turn out to be. As such I named Thomas, Thomas J, and the really cool thing is that he turned out to be the sweetest kid I know.

As an added interesting fact, the OB-GYN that delivered him was named Thomas J. Tomzak, though his "J" stood for something. I remember they took Thomas from my body and told me he was a boy and asked me his name and in my foggy, drugged mind I quietly said, "Thomas J" and I remember just before I went out cold the doctor said,

"Oh! So you're naming him after me!"

Which was followed by a chuckle. I think I laughed too but I soon lost consciousness so I can't be sure.

Needless to say, my boy, to me, is Thomas but to a grown young man who's out in the world as an adult, he calls himself Tom. He deserves an identity different than what his mom wants and dreamed for him as a baby but whether he is "Thomas" or "Tom" he is the same kid. Loving, sweet, kind, polite, caring about others, generally selfless, creative and of course handsome.

Okay, enough from me. I will post his contribution at 9 a.m. PST and I think you guys are really going to like it. He opened up to you about things he hasn't even told me so in reading it I, too, learned something about him I didn't know. His presence here and his value, both to all of you and to me too, will be a wonderful addition to this blog. I hope you're looking forward to it. I, for one, am VERY excited.

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