Ode an die Freude

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13 Responses

  1. lime says:

    happy birthday to your beloved paco. and may i say i am so happy for him that he has a family who loves and encourages his beautiful melody. (and if we ever meet you must teach me to play munchkin because that looks like great fun.)

  2. Jazz says:

    My eyes are NOT leaking. They aren’t.

  3. kmkat says:

    I love that he keeps a spreadsheet showing which stuffed animal’s turn it is to be snuggled — an accountant in the making (record keeping)? or a judge (playing fair)? You might mention to him that the musicians in the video have the advantage of playing Ode to Joy in 50-part harmony, not to mention being PROFESSIONAL musicians with years and years of experience.

    Happy birthday to a wonderful kid!

  4. actonbell says:

    Happy birthday to Paco! You’ve written him a wonderful article of love for him to cherish forever. He’s a lucky boy.

  5. pia says:

    Happy Birthday to Paco! This is wonderful!

  6. Erin says:

    That is one great kiddo! Ode to Joy and the chart of stuffed animal loves. I was always terribly concerned that one of my stuffed animals would be left out. So glad that someone has come up with a solution!

  7. Ann in NJ says:

    Happy Birthday to Paco! My youngest just turned 11 in November, and shares many similarities with Paco, including the army of stuffed animals (though not the spreadsheet). We also love Munchkin, and have a couple of the different versions, although i will confess to not always having the patience or making the time to play. And Ode to Joy may just be my favorite music ever. Marvelous link, thank you. Love the kids conducting along.

  8. Chantal says:

    I love this post. Happy Birthday Paco, I have been reading your Moms blog for so long I feel like I know you.

  9. Hallo Jocelyn – thanks for visiting my blog – and Happy Birthday to Paco, who sounds quite a character. I love those Flash Mob pieces. Really wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Weird. I promise I commented before. Happy Birthday to your fella, now belatedly.

  11. Meg says:

    What an Ode to Joy you have written for your boy! I never cease to marvel at how it is possible to love so completely, such very different children as I have and I suspect you do the same. I find that with each passing month, they become, even more, people I enjoy spending time with. Clearly, you feel the same way about yours. What joy, indeed! I hope some day to meet your Paco in person. BTW: we have the same mixer – in the same color, even.

  12. pam says:

    Thought I commented before too! So it will be a belated, belated birthday greeting to Paco – my daughter gave away her stuffed toy animals to specially chosen friends when we moved to the country. Our family caught up with one of these childhood friends recently( he’s 23 years old now). This Ph.D student still lives at home, so off he went to retrieve the stored ” Puggle”, which for some reason came up in the conversation that night (do you have Puggles in the States purchased through the retail outlet of The Magic Forest in the 80’s?). Great rejoicing and reunion all round. I in turn, kept her teddybear.
    I think Paco will keep his favourites. I am assuming you’ll keep the spreadsheet?

  13. Magpie says:

    What a lovely post for a lovely boy.

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