April 18, 2010

Panchettona ('Punk-a-ton-a')

I didn't expect you, that's for damn sure-- oops, I mean darn sure. I didn't expect me to care, not like this. I didn't know joy had this sort of gooey feel, like a tide of Jello, especially when you spot me arriving to pick you up from school and you smile with your whole face.

I didn't expect I'd have trouble finding the English language words to describe the color and durability of my love for you.

Yeah, I showed you how to stand in the batter's box to hit a softball, but I was just having fun. You were the one who wanted to learn. And so I'm allowed to beam with pride that you went two-for-three in last Saturday's game when at the same time I don't care what your stats say.

I love that you have the secret family jewel tucked away in your DNA, as I do. I love that you tell me all about Tyler D, the boy at school you're in love with. I love that you call me "uncle" when your parents are around and "Ed" when they're not. And I love that you share your precious gummy worms with me, except the red ones. Even those sometimes, as when you have a multitude.

So thanks, panchettona, for filling a hole in my life I didn't even know was there. And keep the bat back just a bit.

8 comments:

thinkingtoohard said...

How fucking precious and beautiful is this? OMG. Now I love you more, as if that's possible!

Lori said...

So incredibly beautiful! I got all choked up. I think I need a moment...there, I'm better now. I will tuck this one in my pocket to enjoy over and over again.

wendryn said...

Beautiful! Made me smile & tear up all at once.

ed said...

thanks so much!

Tori said...

This is so precious! I love, love, love it! :)

Ed Pilolla said...
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Anonymous said...

I'm choked up. What beautiful, wonderful words. And, they're about my daughter, so they make it amazingly special. Wow.

Love, Evolution, and Resilience said...

Ahhh wow! This is phenomenal! I am a little overwhelmed!This is wonderful!