today was school photos. he woke early to reminds us, while we all lied still in bed, that he needed to get into the shower immediately. later he buttoned up his shirt all the way to the collar, brushed his hair in the mirror, and practised his smile. here we are on the eve of him turning seven, and before bed he did the funniest impersonation of mr. bean. i thought, this must be seven, the ability to have such self awareness and the ability to forget it exists. happy birthday beautiful boy.