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Simplistic, Intelligent Logic of a 4 year old

Simplistic, Intelligent Logic of a 4 year old

Like many conversations with my sons, this documentation is not a political or religious commentary on anything.  It is simply the attempt to record snippets of funny, insightful, surprising dialogue between parents and children.  I realize this conversation could have been more complicated if adults were talking, but they weren’t.  This conversation was the result of the simplistic, intelligent logic of a 4 year old.

After dinner and a bath and helping Aiden get dressed…..

Aiden: “When do boys turn into girls?”
What? Where did that come from?

Mommy: “Boys don’t turn into girls.  If you were born a boy, then you’re a boy.  Do you want to be a girl?”
Heck, maybe he does, I don’t know!

Aiden: “No, I’m a boy. Well, how did God make us?”

Mommy: “God made you in my tummy.”
Not quite ready for the sex talk with my four year old.

Aiden: “Well, how could She do that?”
Mommy, speechless and trying not to laugh. 🙂

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Sincerest Form of Flattery

Sincerest Form of Flattery

Something the boys and I love to do together is make art.  We use paint, colored pencils, crayons, markers, oil pastels, whatever we have lying around.  Jackson likes to copy the pictures I make.  I hadn’t realized how often he does this until the other day when he copied my pumpkin and my beach scene.  Now that I think about it, he’s been doing this for a long time.  Sweet little guy.

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Dancing in the Wind

Dancing in the Wind

DANCE there upon the shore; 
What need have you to care 
For wind or water’s roar? 
And tumble out your hair 
That the salt drops have wet;
Being young you have not known 
The fool’s triumph, nor yet 
Love lost as soon as won, 
Nor the best labourer dead 
And all the sheaves to bind.
What need have you to dread
The monstrous crying of wind?

from “To a Child Dancing in the Wind” by W.B. Yeats

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My Two Front Teeth

My Two Front Teeth

Tyler has recently had some major dental and orthodontic work done on his mouth (including the removal of 8 baby teeth, just like his mom).  I am amused and relieved to see that these difficult experiences of his have come out in his writing at school.  Overall he has processed these past several months very well and he seems to handle it all with humor rather than defeat.  He seems to really like his big “Sponge Bob” teeth, I guess most 7 year old’s would!  He flaunts them in pictures and writes about them in his papers at school.  Thank goodness he is not a teenager trying to deal with this crisis of appearance.  Then again, he takes after a mom who PROUDLY wore her neck-gear to elementary school.

Here is what his papers say (including the backsides which I did not put up):

Yesterday while I was brushing my teeth I made a very silly face with my teeth in the mirror.  My eye[s] were in two different ways.  One facing up and one facing down.  My front teeth were sticking out.  I showed my brother.

I have blue gray eyes.  I smile with my two front teeth sticking out.  I am 60 pounds.  I have blond hair.  I am seven years old.  My birthday is September 1st.  I am 4 feet tall and 6 inches.  I was born in 2002.

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Slow Pink Ninjas

Slow Pink Ninjas

2010_Jan_3_ninja_storyHere is a story that Tyler and Aaron wrote together at some point during their Winter Break.  I found it while I was cleaning and I asked them about it.  The drawings are Aaron’s and the writing is Tyler’s.  Here’s what it says:

First me and the pink slow ninja jump on the roof.  Then the purple ninja stays on the ground.  Next I throw my spiked boomerang.  Then I throw my boomerang at my spiked boomerang so it will hit the police.

According to the picture there are either some ninjas or some police, who wear top hats.

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Good-bye Uncle Brian, hello Daddy

Good-bye Uncle Brian, hello Daddy

To our very good, long-time friend, Brian, we dedicate this Jimmy Buffet song to you:
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Uncle Brian, a hero to our kids and all his friends’ kids, is about to become a Daddy.  Brian is one of the most faithful, dependable, hard-working, honest, entertaining, and considerate friends that we know.  We are sad to say good-bye to Uncle Brian, but we are very excited for him and his beautiful wife Renea to become parents.

And Brian, when you’re so tired that you can’t tell right from left, or baby bottle from beer bottle, and you realize your wife hasn’t showered in a week, don’t worry, you’ll still have your good looks!

Congrats, friend!

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