Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Eighth Family Birthday of the Year

Elliot on his first birthday
Today Elliot, my second grandson, becomes a teenager. He was in a hurry to enter the big wide world thirteen years ago and caught his parents by surprise six weeks before he was due. Despite his early arrival he was a good weight and had no health or developmental problems.
Last year, with Louis
He was quite a slender baby and toddler and has grown into a tall, slim boy with not an ounce of spare flesh. Like many boys of his age he prefers to wear his hair long and fortunately the school he attends, though strict about uniform, is relaxed about hair length. He has grown up a lot since he started secondary school, travelling by school bus to his grammar school, having a house key to let himself in on the rare occasions that Nina is not at home to open the door.

Elliot is a natural sportsman, very good at all ball games. (His great-uncle, Nina’s uncle, was an exceptional international cricketer, both behind the wicket and with the bat.) He enjoys the company of his peers but is perfectly capable of spending time alone reading or working on his computer.
Earlier this summer - his hair is a little shorter now - but not much!
Elliot has extraordinarily expressive eyes which reveal his emotions more clearly than actions or words. He is kind and loving, affectionately demonstrative and a great role model for his siblings, particularly Louis, who wants to be just like him. He also has a pronounced sense of humour – he and Louis go into fits of giggles which cause Eve to roll her eyes and sigh.

27 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Elliot!

    He sounds a lovely lad, I hope he has a really special day :o)

    You write such lovely accounts of your family, they really are a pleasure to read.

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  2. Happy Birthday Elliot.


    Yes you are right, he does have beautiful eyes as we can definitely see from the baby shot
    - you could melt in them!!!


    Fiona

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  3. Congratulations to you all and best wishes for his future.
    Isabel x

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  4. Happy Birthday Elliot!
    He looks like a fine young man. Those eyes, in the first photo, are gorgeous.

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  5. There speaks a very proud grandma.

    Make the most of them before they grow up and become too 'old' to be fussed over by her.

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  6. It is a relief to see that your Ellliot's hairstyle is the dsame as my 14 year old grnadson's. Happy birthday to him.

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  7. Happy birthday, Elliot! And many happy returns!

    ***
    I wish you and your family a very nice and happy weekend****

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  8. Wonderful photos and memories. A nice birthday gift to your grandson.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  9. Shorter hair? It looks cool like it is.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. Hi Janice .. those are great photos with lovely thoughts about your grandsons ... Elliott looks a great young man .. and has much happiness and success ahead of him .. cheers to you all and Happy Birthday too - Hilary

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  11. What a wonderful tribute to your grandson. He sounds like a great young man! Where does the time go, eh?

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  12. Oh, delightful, Janice! So handsome and talented!
    Elliot reminds me of my grand-nephew Dez who looked a lot like him at that age, long dark hair hiding the big brown eyes and all.
    We also have a grandson named Eliot (with one L).

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  13. I've liked long hair on boys since the Beatles came along! Elliot is lovely and he sounds like a mature, kind boy. Happy Birthday to Elliot.

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  14. Oh what a shame to hide those beautiful eyes under all that hair!

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  15. Happy birthday, Elliot! He'll be a heart breaker.

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  16. You are right--those are some gorgeously expressive eyes. Congratulations on a healthy, happy family.

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  17. Thank you for your birthday wishes for Elliot - he had a good day on Saturday:-)

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  18. Happy birthday to a beautiful boy!

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  19. Happy Birthday Elliot, you've got a handsome grandson there Janice.

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  20. Ahhh, like me your many family birthdays keep you busy! What a lovely young man, your Elliot! I'm sure he knows how blessed he is with his grandmother!
    Hugs~

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  21. A happy belayed birthday ! Elliot is a very handsome boy ! Hair length is not important when the head is OK ! My son once had hairs until his shoulders in with his 2m length when I met him in the dark I almost was scared ! Now he has a brush. My 13 year old neighbor's son looked like Jesus Christ until last week, this week he has very short hair and I didn't recognize him, lol !

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  22. Elliot is SUCH a handsome lad, perhaps we'll see more of him on the sporting field, in years to come?

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  23. The perfect (grand)son! He's a good looking boy too. Happy birthday!
    (Just between you and me, I saw one of the British cricketers in BBC Breakfast a couple of weeks ago and he is G O R G E O U S. Now... if only I would understand the game... I'd be watching every cricket match just for him ;-))

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  24. What a beautiful boy. :-) Happy birthday, Elliot!

    Pearl

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  25. What a sweetie Elliot is! I can see why you're so proud of him! Happy Birthday, Elliot!

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