Monday, July 13, 2015

Magoo Monday

Okay...we're a weird bunch by design.

Last week, I included Juggernaut (my oldest son) in a post and I thought I might as well even out the field and talk about my wonderful middle son, Magoo. Gonzo, the youngest, is the only one who still lives at home and consequently, he pops up more often right now. I'm pleased to say that all my boys live nearby and I get to see them frequently. 

This story requires pictures.

Magoo has a huge heart and is "all in" for anything he finds interesting. Hyperfocus and obsession is apparently a genetic trait I've passed to all my love puppies. As a child, he was a huge fan of the movie Ghostbusters. Marketing, being what it is, flooded the airwaves and toy store shelves with toys that tied in to the movie. That was all Magoo wanted for birthdays or Christmas. He literally wore out toys and we replaced them. Not broke them...wore them out. The boy was serious about his Ghostbusters obsession. I admire passion; I really do. He had (and has) it.


As a child, Magoo was the kid who would give a friend a cookie and take one for himself. Then, when his friend gobbled down his own cookie, Magoo would feel bad eating in front of him and give the friend half of his own cookie, too. A few times, it set him up to be taken advantage of but his heart was always in the right place.

When people spoke about the young Magoo, they always mentioned that he was the most sweet natured and pleasant kid around. Hey, that's the stuff Moms want to hear, right? 

Can you guess which one is Magoo?
The boy had his own sense of style. And yes, that is another Ghostbusters' toy in his hand. 

Nothing says 80's like suspenders.

A few years back, Magoo and his girlfriend, Lady L, started doing balloon characters and face painting as a side job. For Mother's Day, I got a balloon bouquet - because they can't just do poodles and swords. That's not their style. Magoo added a magic act that is pretty impressive.


Ba-looms



Magoo has the thickest hair (again - all the boys do). He grew his hair out and donated it to Locks of Love. Such a sweet gesture! I couldn't believe how long it got! He kept it pulled back neatly and it just sort of snuck up on me. 

Everyone needs a superhero on their side.
Even if there's a chance he'll pop.

As an adult, he has maintained his kind nature and I love to hear his voice on the phone saying, "I had to check on my little Mommy." He makes the kid-voice legendary. Occasionally, I fantasize about moving to the beach and Magoo will say, "Just let me know because I'm following you." 

Love that boy. 

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  1. The man's an artist, Cherdo. Mine calls up and asks if we still have his werewolf mask because the band wants to make a video before the tour, I know. I know.

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    1. I think so, too! Thanks, Geo.

      And that request wouldn't be unusual in this house, either, ha ha.

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  2. Your Magoo obviously doesn't have any vision problems.
    My son also has a load of ghost buster stuff.

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    1. The whole Ghostbuster franchise is indebted to our sons. Magoo could practically float that company.

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  3. Lovely write up. You deserve to be proud. Those balloon flowers are so clever.

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    1. When he brought them to the door, I let out an amazed giggle. Too fun.

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    1. Thank you, Squidamus Maximus. I think so, too. :-)

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  5. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    It's sweet of you to profile another of your sons. Based on your description of him, Magoo was a lot like me when I was a kid. I was always sharing and caring, so much so that sometimes kids took advantage of me. Even so, it's the only way I know how to be and I'm sure Magoo will testify to it. Thanks for posting pics of Magoo through the years. Those are incredible ba-loom bouquets!

    Happy Monday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. The world needs more Shady Magoos. I'm in a bit of a funk about some of the ugliness I see and hear lately. It's hard to keep up the positive vibe and optimism but I will usually pass; one of the ways I bide my time is to focus on the great things - like Juggernaut, Magoo and Gonzo.

      Then I think about my precious blogger pals - and your name always comes to mind. :-)

      It's a new week, but we can overpower it! Ha ha ha...have a good one, friend.

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  6. Your son sounds like an amazing young man. If only more people had his generous spirit.
    Very nice balloon flowers and a wicked cool superhero costume!

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    1. The superhero balloon suit really made me laugh.

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  7. Magoo sounds like he was a good kid and is a great young man.

    I love the balloon flowers. I want one! ;)

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    1. If only they could be mailed! It was fun to watch them shrink over time - instead of drop petals.

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  8. Magoo sounds like he was a good kid and is a great young man.

    I love the balloon flowers. I want one! ;)

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    1. Ladies and gentleman, another member of the double club (I may be their Queen).

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  9. He's got Iron Man's suit and Thor's hair. Is there nothing he can't do?

    Sounds like he turned out to be an awesome person. Better to be a little too generous than not generous at all.

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    1. That is a great way to look at it...I'll pass it on! Unfortunately, the hair is gone. Probably some cancer patient's wig by now. I hope she/he likes balloons.

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  10. Such a fun post on Magoo....not sure where you come up with those fake names for the boys. My younger brother has three boys and they are all amazing young men. Sounds like Magoo is an awesome guy.

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    1. Well, it's amazing that no one ever asked about the names, ha ha. You're the first!

      I'll tell you that their real names begin with the same letters and the fake names are based on their personalities.

      Juggernaut is BIG in size, IQ and personality (6'5"). He learns everything easy and he has BIG opinions. He's great and people are drawn to him.

      Magoo is the uber sweetheart, super creative and loyal to a fault. One of my fondest memories is this "face" in makes when he is tackling a problem; he doesn't even know he does it, but it reminds me of Mr. Magoo. He obsesses much the same way I do; he'll dissect and study something to death and then one day - enough! And it's on to the next thing.

      Gonzo is pretty upbeat and when he latches on to a new "thing," he pretty well goes gonzo on it. Not on everything, mind you - otherwise, he is quiet and known for being polite and responsible.

      Of course, everyone has their faults and bad days, but you won't hear that from me. I'm the Mom.

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    2. Well, there went my question! Put that way, Magoo is quite the compliment!

      BTW, at one point my brother always called me Chris Magoo. No idea why. My other brother always called me "KEEK", because his daughter and I were basically the same age and she couldn't pronounce "Chris". One sister always calls me "Christopher Bill", the other usually calls me Dipshit or something equally sweet.

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  11. I love your son's hair! It is a beautiful red. he sounds like he has a big heart and i love the uniqueness of his job. He is providing happiness-what a wonderful thing. You should be one proud mamma!

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    1. Actually, it's blonde and slowly darkening over the years, but that hair is gone now.

      Balloons and magic are a sideline for him, but I think he enjoys it. Lady L is great with balloons and crafts, too. She'll be my new daughter-in-law one day - hurrah!

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    2. Congratulations to the newly married!!

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  12. Go ahead & kvell, mama--you deserve it!!

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    1. Glad I have something to kvell about...I could be stuck with bupkes! :-)

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  13. What an awesome family you have!! Isnt it normal for middle kids to be very giving and have huge heart? I think I heard that somewhere.
    Very talented son you have there.
    I love these posts and getting to know your family.

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    1. I don't know if it is or not - but he sure is. He's the sweetest guy, Holli. :-)

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  14. You done good by those boys little Momma!

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  15. I love the little ghost buster pictures. Did he ever bust one?

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    1. Of course! He had all the equipment...

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  16. He looks like a great kid and later a young man! Yay, Magoo!

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  17. Those pictures are terrific! You must be one proud mama, and with good cause. But ya know, kids don't grow up to be that awesome in a vacuum. I think YOU may have had a little something to do with it. (Ya done good.)

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    1. I fertilized the ground a bit, but he gets all the credit.

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  18. Good memories of your kids! It must be nice to have them close--my son lives on the other side of the country.

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  19. He sounds like a great young man, and you sound rightfully proud of him.

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  20. Love the balloon bouquet! How proud you are is evident in every word you say!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  21. Such sweet memories. His kindness and sense of fun shines through.

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  22. Wait. Suspenders are an 80s thing?
    Uh oh.
    Better check my closet.

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    1. Ha ha ha ha...they are if you wear stripes with them.

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  23. >>... He obsesses much the same way I do; he'll dissect and study something to death and then one day - enough! And it's on to the next thing.

    That's me, too. Except that I will eventually come around to it again and study it even further (i.e., what's new about this thing since I last studied it to death 8 years ago?)

    >>... When people spoke about the young Magoo, they always mentioned that he was the most sweet natured and pleasant kid around.

    Ha! That's me, TOO! My Ma told me several times that people were always saying that about me when I was young. ...And you see how THAT turned out. ;-)

    Working full-time now, Doc Cherdo - all day long, starting from very early A.M. - so my presence might be somewhat diminished, but I'll still be around and checking in when I can.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I have always suspected that you were a Magoo (seriously). None of these revelations surprise me.

      What kind of job? More information. I'm happy that you've got the full time gig.

      Whenever you can come around, I'm grateful, my friend. You gotta do what you gotta do. It's not fair for us to keep you all to ourselves, ha ha.

      Take care and God bless!

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  24. Magoo is adorable. His hair is red? Looks the same color as my kids' hair. Maybe we're related by more than sheer craziness.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. No, his hair is kind of a dishwater blond.

      Craziness is the DNA marker that binds us...we can't get away from it. :-)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo