By Dov Schlanger
(with a tiny bit of help from Ari and Allison Schlanger)
Our blog is being hijacked by Dov Schlanger, in honor of his best friend Jack Berna’s birthday.
Since Dov is 3 ½, he had lots of thoughts about Jack, but the “writing it all down” was a bit challenging.
I decided it might be easier if we did it interview style. I started asking the questions and then my son, Ari (9) took over.
Here we go…
Me: Guess whose birthday is coming up?
Dov: Sam and Ari’s!
Me: We just celebrated their birthday. Guess whose birthday is next?
Dov: Points to himself.
Me: Yes. You are next in our family, but we still have 3 months to go. We are going to celebrate someone’s birthday before yours…Do you want me to tell you?
Me: Jack’s birthday is next.
Dov: Jack Berna?
Dov: I love Jack Berna!
Me: I know you do.
(I pause because I love Dov’s gut reaction the minute he hears Jack’s name - so Ari jumps in.)
Ari: What do you like to do with Jack?
Dov: I like to play with him.
Ari: What do you like to play?
Dov: Ironman! And running into walls and falling down!
Ari: What is your favorite thing about Jack?
Dov: Giving him hugs.
Ari: Do you think Jack is funny?
Me: What is the funniest thing Jack says?
Dov: (In his deepest voice possible.) “I can’t take it!”
Ari: What do you think Jack should have on his cake?
Dov: I think it is going to be like the bird-day cake at apple seeds. No. I think it is going to have “Eye of the Tiger” on the cake. The Rocky song. That’s what I would have on my cake.
Ari: Do you want to sing Happy Birthday to Jack?
Dov: Yes. Happy Bird-day to you. Happy Bird-day to you. Happy Bird-day to Jaaa-aaaack. Happy Bird-day to you.
Ari: Are you looking forward to Jack’s birthday?
Dov: Because I love Jack Berna.
Me: We know you do.