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7 years, 5 months, 13 days old
I was suddenly struck today by a profound realization that Anthony's “young man” factor has started to encroach on his cuteness as a kid. Until today, I would see his mental and social advances (such as taking the city bus to school all by himself a year ago) as a cute kid doing big-boy things, which makes the kid in him all the more cute.
Today we had an event where he dressed a bit nicer than normal, after which we went to a park for lunch, and I kept doing double takes at how good he looked. Yes he's my kid, and yes I think he looks good all the time, but even within that biased world he stood out today, and while looking at the many pictures after we got home, I realized it's because a true young man has just started to emerge.
Make no mistake, he's still cute and still himself thinks “cute” to be a desirable characteristic to aspire to, at this point on par with “cool”, but the reality that neither will last forever hit home.