“Little Stone” – i.e. Stone and Gougou’s son – celebrated his first birthday today in the company of his parents and his four “uncles,” Ashin, Masa, Monster and Guanyou. Just for fun, they played a game in which they all laid out presents for said Small Fry, then waited to see which one he would pick up on his own. Stone provided a picture of himself and his wife, Ashin brought an electronic toy and some markers, Monster went for the wildly inappropriate and brought something for gambling (I assume this means things like cards or mah-jong tiles), Guanyou mistook Little Stone for his daughter and brought both women’s make-up and a calculator (so he can dream of selling insurance like Guanyou does?). This article adds CDs to the mix, and since the other one didn’t mention what Masa brought, we’ll just assume that’s it (especially as it includes a picture of Masa with Big and Little Stone alongside the CDs).
After assembling this odd miss-mash of items – none of which, to be perfectly honest, scream “baby’s first birthday” to me – they set Small Fry on the table among them and waited to see which item he’d choose as his favorite.
Stone expressed some apprehension about the whole thing, hoping that his offspring would not go for anything too girly (like the make-up, though Guanyou tried to defend it saying that make-up artists earn good money) or involving betting, like all the gambling gear.
The dear thing is apparently not yet harboring dreams of taking after Daddy, as the first thing he did was pick up the CD and toss it aside. Little Stone took a full twenty minutes to decide, but finally settled on a typewriter, which is oddly not mentioned as coming from any of the band members. (What, did they just forget to move it off the table?) So, they joked, maybe he’ll grow up to be a writer. I suppose you can never decide too early what you intend to do, though this might be pushing it a bit. Stone, of course, will be a published author himself soon, as his book co-written with his wife on family life and raising their son will be out in May.
(There’s a ton of news actually, but I’ll be posting most of it tomorrow. Too much to do between now and late afternoon…)