1. "Why does a fox bark?"
Feeling a trap of some kind coming, I innocently said, "I don't know Justin. Why does a fox bark?"
"Because he can't burp!"
And then he walked away. No further explanation was needed.
2. "Why is this kitchen such a mess?"
"Teenagers need snacks. Teenagers need big, messy snacks because they are very, very hungry!"
"Clean up you mess, Justin."
"Right-ee-oh! Right after I eat my big, messy snack!"
3. "What color does blue and green make?"
"I think it would make a light blue," I replied as contemplated why my five year old boy is asking about color combinations.
"Is that called teal?"
"Yes, I believe it is!"
Delighted with himself and his new word discovery, he smiled and walked away.
In other not so surprising news, the boys continue to pick up language from YouTube videos. Jordan has learned a ridiculous amount of word play from an animated show called the Paw Patrol that I have yet to see a full episode of. Justin has picked up Japanese by watching Webtunes and other random videos. Aidan has his own list of fun videos but it always comes back to watching others play Minecraft.
What happened to the days when kids got excited about books? I continue to make attempts to get them into reading because I know how powerful that can be as a catalyst to learning and to developing empathy. Any other mothers out there working on this?
May God bless us all as we continue to parent. Turning our little people into compassionate, considerate, productive members of society is no easy task!
I stand corrected about the boys not being interested in books. Aidan and I just started The Trumpet of the Swan as a read-aloud, and he seems to love it! We got to the part where the young boy Sam has seen the cygnets and the 5th cygnet who couldn't speak came up and touched his shoe. Aidan thought that was pretty cool!
We spent yesterday afternoon at Taecheon beach and the boys had a great time. Greg Birdsall and Justin had a great time burying Aidan in the sand! Justin spent a good portion of his time in the waves, letting the water push him around the shoreline. Jordan enjoyed building sand castles and just playing beside the water.
The Creativity Cultivators Group from church enjoyed this excursion. Greg Birdsall, Nikki Myskens, Amy Lee, Jessica Shaw and myself all remembered we are children of God as we contemplated God's goodness and his amazing love (deeper than the ocean). It helped to watch the boys play as we shared stories of moving from dry places to being filled with God's spirit.