About a month ago, I called Ainan’s phone,
expecting him to be at home.
“Hello?”, said a strange voice, one
I paused. I really paused, to listen to my
memory of that voice because, quite simply, I didn’t recognize it.
“Is that Ainan?”, I asked.
“Yes.”, said the unexpectedly low voice.
It wasn’t. It really wasn’t the voice I had
long known Ainan to have had. This was a new voice. In that instant, I came to
understand that Ainan’s voice was beginning to break. It was a sad little,
happy little, mixed emotions moment. My young boy, would soon begin the journey
to becoming a man.
I cannot remember the rest of the
conversation. What has stuck with me is the shock of realizing that Ainan’s
voice was transforming into that of a strange new man, in the house.
I suppose I should have expected this,
since my own voice began to break at around the same time, though perhaps a few
months later, in my case, since I remember singing treble in my twelfth year –
at least for much of the year. Ainan, by the way, is twelve years old, now.
Yet, even though expected, in the sense
that all boys who live long enough, will go through this, it caught me by
surprise, perhaps because all these years I had come to think of him as
speaking in a particular way.
Now, that his voice is changing, I can’t
help but wonder where it will end up? Will it be as deep as his father’s...or
deeper? How tall will he be? His mother is much shorter than my mother...but he
is rather tall for his age? Could he end up taller than his father?
We shall see. Ainan has embarked on a new
time of change. A time in which he will become, in some ways, a stranger to the
child we have known. In other ways, perhaps, he might become more familiar as
he more closely resembles his parents.
In a way, this is a bit sad. I had become
so used to the boy he was, that the thought that that boy will soon be gone and
a man would be in his place, is an odd thought. I wonder what it will be like
to have a mature Ainan around?
In a handful of years, we shall know. It
won’t be long, now.
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