Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Right Where You Left Off

It has what looks like a red gummy bear jammed down it and a row of stitches neatly rounding it's rear curve.

I don't think he can hear anything out of it, in fact, I know he can't.

The Mayor is a high decibel kid anyway, one who has always TALKED IN ALL CAPS.

Until the gel foam gummy bear dissolves over the course of the next few weeks we'll just have to live with him SPEAKING IN A LARGER FONT.

As if trying to compensate for this period of quiet, the ear itself seems to reach out and away from his head, like it was straining to make out the sounds it can't quite hear.

It will be a month before we know if the surgery was successful and if his hearing levels are restored.

If you look at The Mayor straight on, his ear looks different than it did before.

It sticks out more and seems a little lower.

It is especially noticeable from the back and helped along in that regard because The Mayor likes to keep his hair so short.

K is worried that it won't return to normal. He worries that The Mayor might get teased about it.

Surprisingly, I find it oddly endearing.

It somehow reminds me of the down turned corner of a well loved book.

He has a dog-eared look that suggests that no matter where or how an encounter with The Mayor ends, he'll hold the place for you and everything will be right where you left it the next time.

You'll always be able to pick up right where you left off with him.

23 comments:

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Mmm... so true. Give that little dog-eared man some smooches from me!

Mary G said...

Good for him. Ouch for your ears. Could you interest him in sign language?
Wishing him and you quick healing and success.

Emily N said...

Have you ever noticed Stephen Colbert's right ear seems to have been permanently squashed at some point in his life? And he is still a heartthrob to millions of (liberal) women :-) (When my first son was a baby I worried that his circumcision was not done to best aesthetic effect... now THAT could be damaging to a boy's psyche!)

ms. changes pants while driving said...

wow. so perfect and simple and beautiful and perfect. so sweet. so perfect.

flutter said...

he is magic, that mayor

natasha the exile on Mom Street said...

I am consistently in awe of your ability to find the true beauty in life and then to share it with all of us.

Thank you.

furiousBall said...

my son talks in such a large font, you have to change the kerning just to understand him

Patience said...

No one has two ears alike! They may be ever-so-slight variations, but they are always different from one another!

Soon, his ears' differences won't be noticeable at all!

The Sour Kraut said...

It's The Mayor's version of Nemo's Lucky Fin.

Sugarplum's Mom said...

Nah K has nothing to worry about.. Mayor already has friends willing to go to bat for him at school... they won't let anyone tease him

Genie said...

My husband had his eardrums rebuilt/reinforced on both his ears after years in artillery (WHAT?). One of his ears is slightly lower than the other and sticks out a bit more. He is annoyed by it, but I can attest I never notice it and it hasn't hurt his sex appeal.

We're always our own worst critic. That and the Mayor should grow into his ears and head over time so it will be even less noticeable if at all.

Hetha said...

We saw that with our little guys operations, both ears stuck out like Alfred E Newman. Within a few weeks they were back to normal. i think that idea of sign language a previous commenter raised is a good one. Signing is fun and kids pick it up so quickly! Check out signing times on pbs or go to their web site if it's something you're interested in!

Amanda said...

Sean has quirky ears. It is the quirk in people that I find I love the most. I love your way of comparing it to a book. Your sweet little tome.

John Ross said...

Glad to hear mayor on the mend. Day-um, You write Soooo Purty!!

and by the way, FuriousBall's thumbnail is panning around and blinking at me... kinda scary thing to be watched by...but cool.

the word veri is Serong

BOSSY said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Ree said...

What a wonderful way to look at it!

Not Hannah said...

I think this is my favorite ever of all your posts. How well you know your little boy!

Hol and J said...

Wonderfully put.

I'm so glad The Mayor's surgery went well and that he is adjusting, even if it is in ALL CAPS. ;)

Deb on the Rocks said...

Dogeared. I love dogeared anything or anybody. Sweet mama.

Sayre said...

Endearing. That's the word.

Mel said...

Kind of like the best kind of friends. :)

Also, LOVE the LARGER FONT reference. LOL!

the new girl said...

Cuuute.

JCK said...

I've been catching up on all this. Your Mayor is a trooper. So glad it went well. The juguler scare sounds traumatizing. Certainly for his parents! Sending good thoughts your way.