Bean’s Nursery’s Painted Jungle Mural

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All the World is a Stage.

Be At Least As Entertaining As You Are Entertained!

Bear in mind that, while passively watching someone else’s experiences can be quite compelling, it is not nearly the same as living your own. Acting a fool is a good thing, so long as you are in on the joke! Be goofy and risk embarrasment, as it comes with the territory of truly living.  I love you, you little ham, you.

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Reflection on Honest Reflection

Be True To Everyone, Especially Yourself!

Hey Bean, you’re going to have to look at yourself in a lot of mirrors in life. So, do right by your promises to others giving yourself cause to stand tall and smile when you lock eyes with your reflection by being equally true to yourself!

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Getting There Is More Than The Moment Of Arrival

Chart Your Own Course & Be Sure To Make It Scenic!

Life is a sequence of hurdles, no matter what path you choose. Choose destinations in your life that interest you and approach them with an appreciation for the journey. That way, the ride and the end-point are worth the effort that will be required of you. Your Mom and I will do what we can to help navigate when you ask (and probably when you don’t, as well), but ultimately, your life is your trek and as such, you always have the wheel.

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Concealed Weapons…

Concealed Weapons

It’s a safe bet that you’re going to be bigger and stronger than most of your friends. Maintain your physical prowess and use it in positive ways. Also, when you’re a young buck coming into his own, let the old man beat you in arm wrasslin’ once and a while… or at least make believe that he’s putting up a good fight when you win! Thanks. I love you, you beautiful little tough guy.

Special thanks to Oh Baby Ultrasound in Boynton Beach, Florida for this and many more spectacular glimpses inside of Mommy at the real-life Bean! He is already so handsome, and we cherish the opportunity you’ve given us to see him in all his muscled glory. Thanks!

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If You Can Dream ‘It’…

Imagine 'That' and 'That', Too!

Hey buddy, no pressure, but your mom, I and many more people who love you are chomping at the bit to live through your burgeoning sense of wonder. We’ll put the tools in your little hands and pretend we’re not anxiously awaiting the results. Create things that make you happy and share them with the rest of us. Your contributions to the big conversation are of great value if they only make someone else smile… imagine their worth if they make others think!

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Let’s Make a Deal

Before You Sign, Read the Print That's Fine!

Your life will be what you consent to, my love, so make sure you consider all of the particulars before giving it! As wonderful as you are, not everyone is going to love and look out for you like your Mom and I do. Think ahead and live up to your end of the bargain and you’ll exceed even your own expectations.

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Be an ‘Everywhere Man’, Little Man

Make Friends in Far Away Places and Visit Them Often!

The earth is a big place, my little buddy, but there’s friendly people in every corner of it! Why don’t you go say hi in person to them every now and again? Just be sure to send your Mom a postcard and let her know you’re OK and having fun (you know how she worries)!

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Bean Brand

Bean Brand

Hey dude, obviously I’m building a little body of work here that draws on my relationship with you. I am not defining you, you get to do those honors (though I think this nickname is going to stick). I am creating a wishlist of thoughts I hope you’ll consider with these cartoons. As you go and grow, I want you to have the courage to define yourself as an individual and not fall too hard for marketing gimmicks or trends. If you choose to lead, others will follow.

Rest assured that whether your path is more or less traveled, your mom and I will follow you on it. Love is cool like that!

Bean Tee Art

Maternity T-Shirt available here.

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Happiness is a Warm Bun (in the Oven)

Happiness is a Warm Bun (in the Oven)

This is one of those thoughts you can never think too often, little man. Smiles, laughter and cheer, these things are self-perpetuating and spread faster than good gossip!

People will love you no matter what, you are awesome, but they’ll love to be around you if you’re a joy to be around… and you will be. Makes me smile just thinking about it!

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Now There’s a Handsome Fella

Now There's a Handsome Fella

You are a looker already, little man, I am so happy to see your beautiful little face. I can see some of your Mommy & I in there already. This is so exciting! 19 weeks, give-or-take, and we’ll be holding you in our loving arms, until then, pictures of that lovable mug will be studied intently by us… often.

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These cans are defective!

These cans are defective!

OK, little buddy, a bit of departure from format here…

Your mom and I re-watched the Jerk together the other day (you were there too, though we couldn’t hear your laughing through all that stuff of life you’re swimming around in) and it struck me that the scene I pulled this dialogue from is a bit like these cartoons I’m making for you.

All I really mean to say with this one is, laugh a lot… and seriously, let’s watch the Jerk every so often. I’ll probably even cave on no-TV times at the suggestion.

Love you, dude.

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Can I Come Out And Play, Yet?

"Can I Come Out And Play, Yet?"

What you really want to do, is one of your main reasons for being, Bean. Enjoy life, have fun… PLAY, little buddy.

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I think you can…

I think you can

Don’t be afraid to test your logic, Bean… and when you prove yourself wrong, grow with your new knowledge.

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It’s a Bean!

It's a Bean!

So there was something wiggling around on the Bean that wasn’t a limb or umbillical cord. I am so excited and cannot wait to meet my BOY!

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Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

They shouldn’t conflict, but often do… when it matters, choose the right path over the easy one, and tread carefully.

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…What’s for dinner!

...What's for dinner!

Love you, Bean-O, and that’s why I’ll be channeling your Great-Grandma Carmen whenever you put your elbows on the table or chew with your mouth open… you’re getting off easy, though, bud, as I will be sparing you the abject horror of the oft-threatened (though never implemented) wooden spoon!

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The Bean’s Got Backbone!

The Bean's Got Backbone!

Firm & Resolute Character… I like that.

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You CAN handle the truth…

Be as honest as you can be, little guy, and expect the same of others... The "truth" is not nearly as ugly as the lies!

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Thank you, please

Thank you, please

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