Thinking About Conner

IMG_7087 When Conner doesn't want something he shakes his head no. He never shakes his head yes. I've learned that the lack of a response means yes. He's very minimalist... Conner meows at cats and dogs. His favorite movie is Milo and Otis and he laughs when he watches it (usually in 10 minute increments). When he wants to watch it he pushes the power button on the TV climbs up on the couch and waits. and smiles... and waits... Sometimes he brings the TV remote to someone and says "aaaaahhhh". When it is time to go outside he brings his shoes to you. Then he brings your shoes to you. And sometimes he brings other peoples shoes. He waits until you try to put on his jacket and then takes off so you'll chance him. All the while he smiles. He always comes to the door to welcome me home with a big smile and insists that I take my jacket as soon as I enter the house. Conner likes to be picked up so he can watch the birds on the bird feeder in the back yard or see whats cooking on the stove. He points and smiles and says "aaaaaahhhh". At night Conner insists on brushing his own teeth. He likes to play with his big brother and sometimes steals puppy just to start a game of tag. Conner also plays a mean game of hide an seek. He'll find Alex every time and likes to hide in the hall closet or behind the back door curtain. He likes to climb on everything. If I sit down he'll climb into my lap look up at me and smile. He likes to ride on my shoulders when we go out and Christine and Alex tell me he smiles up there too.

I'm sitting here in a hotel in California on the last night of a long business trip looking at pictures of Conner that Christine posted today. And even 3000 miles away all that smiling is contagious.