~ A picture that makes you laugh ~
This is Matthew, up near Mt. Rainier, about 13 years ago. It puts me in a good mood every time I look at it.
That river was close to freezing, in late May I think, but the fact that he sunk right down into it explains my kid better than I ever could with my own words.
He's always been a daredevil, the kid who would try it, when even Mikey wouldn't. We dared him to take a bath here, but instead of the argument we might have gotten from any other kid, this is what we got. Matty, laughing his head off in that ice cold water.
This picture makes me laugh, every time I look at it.
It's Matthew at his happiest, his most free. These days, that smile appears when he's skydiving, or engaging in some other crazy, life-threatening activity, but I hold on tight to that moment when all it took was a glacial river and a double-dog-dare from his mom.