Mr. Wes.

We made it safely home from Boston about two hours ago. As much as I love my bestie, her family, her beautiful home – I’m happy to be back on Southern soil!

Now, before I get to the point of this post I need to deal with the elephant in the room…

The earrings.

After agonizing for months about whether or not Sarah would get her ears pierced when she turned 7, she finally made a decision. A very Pi’bears decision. Instead of facing the needle gun she would just make her own (paper) earrings. She now has a (cardboard) jewelry box full. This should not surprise readers of this blog. Hoops are her favorite. This should also not surprise readers of this blog. She is her mama’s child afterall.

Now, back to the post at hand.

Last week our kind and lovable Mr. Wes came by to deliver a birthday gift for Sarah.

Mr. Wes has been Brent’s carpooling buddy since the early days of our time in Huntsville. And he’s been a fixture at virtually all neighborhood gatherings for almost that long. He rarely gets a mention though because he’s usually standing in the corner, making wisecracks and avoiding my camera. He’s known strictly as “Mr. Wes” to all of us…down to every last grown up, for reasons I can’t entirely explain.

Mr. Wes used to come over for dinner more often, back in the days when I cooked well and often. These days I either cook well or often, but never both. So we don’t host guests quite as frequently.

Not that Mr. Wes is considered a guest. He’s more like family. The kind of family that stands in the corner, making wisecracks and avoiding the camera. You’ve got one of those too, don’t you?

For a single guy Mr. Wes is a surprisingly astute gift giver. And he never, ever, ever misses a birthday. In fact, his yearly call to ask what the children might like for their birthdays is usually my reminder that they do, in fact, have birthdays coming up. Thanks for that Mr. Wes.

This year he had two things in mind for Sarah –

patterned Duct tape…

and an American Girl gift certificate.

It goes without saying how this went over with the 7 year old in the house.Thank you Mr. Wes, for being so darn lovable. Even when you avoid my camera like the plague and refuse to take my relationship advice, you’re still on my good list. And that’s saying something.

Jessica WOctober 31, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Glad you made it home safely! And I am loving the eaerrings!

Carol MoyerOctober 31, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Sounds like Mr. Wes is a keeper as a friend – he sure does make a young lady very happy

LeahOctober 31, 2012 - 4:06 pm

That really touches me how a single guy would go out of his way to buy completely awesome presents for your kids. Sounds like he’s a keeper!

KelliannOctober 31, 2012 - 7:26 pm

She is hysterical with those earrings! Love it! Mr Wes is great! So thoughtful!

CheriNovember 1, 2012 - 5:08 am

Glad you made it home. I love those earrings. She is the most creative little lady.

Annie SNovember 1, 2012 - 5:28 am

I love the earrings!! I remember in 4th grade I wanted my ears pierced so very badly. I had received a plastic jewelry set with a necklace, a bracelet, and a pair of earrings. I would sit at my little vanity and try my very hardest to poke the earrings through my non-pierced earlobes til I couldn’t take the pain anymore. After awhile, my mom took me to get my ears pierced. I wish I was creative enough to make my own paper earrings like Sarah. It would’ve saved me a whole lotta pain.

Mandy M.November 1, 2012 - 7:03 am

You are home safe hooray! I had to pop in and check on you 🙂 Now you can get back to work 😉

Lorena MoraNovember 1, 2012 - 10:23 am

I love her earrings, where can I order? :-)! I always think of Sarah when I see patterned duct tape. I’m surprised you all haven’t set Mr. Wes up with someone yet, what are you all waiting for?

Glad you are home safe!!!!

TrishNovember 1, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Love the paper earrings, but when she’s ready to get them pierced, some places have numbing cream (in case you didn’t know). My 6 yr old didn’t feel a thing!

DebbieNovember 1, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Such a sweet post. Mr. Wes sounds like such a blessing in your lives. And I love the earrings. At age 7, my Emma did get her ears pierced. She just turned 9. When soccer season began this fall, her first ever soccer season, she was more than happy to take them out. And never intends to put them back in. So yes, we too could have done better with a pair of cardboard earrings. 😉

ErinNovember 1, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Wow! How is that guy single?? What an awesome friend your family has!

KelliannNovember 2, 2012 - 5:15 am

Erin-saw this tonight and thought it had Sarah’s name written all over it!
It would be perfect if she decided to offer gift wrap in her store! 😉

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