In Which Charlie Attains His Majority

Happy Birthday to Charles Wilde Stewart, as fine a fellow as ever breathed, and gettin’ finer all the time. He asked for a copy of “Leaves of Grass” for his birthday — and that was as good as a birthday present for me! His college career begins in a matter of months and I have no doubt this serious-minded chap will pick up that ball and run with it. But though his childhood has technically (legally) ended he still has one last idyllic small town summer ahead of him. And we have these memories of the past 18 years to look back on:

As a small babe, with my mom, 1998

As a small babe, with my mom, 1998. His look seems to say, “Let me outta here!”

Charlie with skull tee0001

On the way to pre-school, Green Point, Brooklyn, age 4

Doing some crafts on a snowy day in Ithaca with dad and brother Cashel, circa 2003

Doing some crafts on a snowy day in Ithaca with dad and brother Cashel, circa 2003

7th birthday!

7th birthday!

With dad at grandma's house 2006

With dad at grandma’s house 2006

Getting a better view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2007

Getting a better view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2007

Goin' crazy with costumes, 2008

Goin’ crazy with costumes, 2008. Conquistador helmet, Santa Claus gloves, hippie shades, luger pistol. All dressed for some very conspicuous spy missions!

With dad at Met's game, 2009

With dad at Met’s (or Cyclones?) game, 2009

About to go for an airplane ride, Coney Island, 2010

About to go for an airplane ride, Coney Island, 2010

Competing in 2011 Ithaca "Duck Race"

Competing in 2011 Ithaca “Duck Race”

Middle school graduation with moi and the Mad Marchioness, 2012

Middle school graduation with moi and the Mad Marchioness, 2012

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, 2013

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, 2013

Ben Franklin photo bomb, Philly, 2014

Ben Franklin photo bomb, Philly, 2014

With brother Cashel, 2015. A certain corner has been turned, wouldn't you say?

With brother Cashel, 2015. A certain corner has been turned, wouldn’t you say? The grown up clothes help add “maturity”.

A contemplative moment at Ithaca Falls two days ago, hip hop on the headphones

A contemplative moment at Ithaca Falls two days ago, hip hop on the headphones

There are some addition memories of Charlie in his brother’s 18th birthday post here.

Now, I wrote Charlie a rap for his birthday, but I decided I wouldn’t embarrass us all by performing it on video. The text is safely in his hands: I imagine some day it will wind up in some vault like  Mr. Thatcher’s diary in Citizen Kane. But there are two excellent Charlie songs I always associate with the lad. There’s the old Gus KahnTed Fiorito tune “Charlie, My Boy” a hit for Eddie Cantor in 1924:

And the Choo Choo Charlie Good ‘n’ Plenty jingle from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s:

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

7 Responses to “In Which Charlie Attains His Majority”

  1. Hala Hajjar Says:

    He’s adorable bless him…and so are you! Love this blog – thanks for all the joy you bring to us all 🙂

  2. Loved seeing Charlie’s “growing up” pics!

    • Oh my gosh, Lynne — he’s a bean pole now…towers over me. A definite asset on the basketball court!

  3. Happy Birthday Charlie! 🙂

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