Many times they pull themselves back from the edge of doom with a stunning act of redemption that leaves them not fearing the edge for at least a while. My Will has done just that today. Of all my kids, Will fears the edge the least, tightrope walks along it, and bungee jumps off it once in a while. He is outstanding in his defiance but spectacular in his redemptive qualities.
Today he walks in at lunch time with a sweet grin on his face, eager to show me what he's done. His teacher has given him a new scribbler. He loves getting a new notebook. The fresh, clean page lays before him with endless possibilities. And this is the poem he wrote... (remember, this kid is eight years old)
And if you can't make it out... here it is...
It all starts with the increasing of friendship, the patterns
of love, and the care people have for
Am I the only one impressed? I don't think so! I must admit that I read the "REMEMBER THIS" a couple ways. First, I think it means that we're supposed to remember the truth of what he's written. Absolutely. But then I think it may just be a message to me to remember this little poem and what a wonderful writer he is when I am threatening to wring his scrawny little neck! Either way I think it's just brilliant.
And then there is our Jay. Remember the one who refused to go over the alphabet with me last summer as we were trying to prepare him for Grade One? I just received my first love note from him. Delicious!
So both boys obviously know how to work their Momma.
And Brenna is right in there, being amazing and wonderful. Last night she made me a wonderful cup of hot lemon and honey to sooth my sore throat (I have a cold). She is a wonderful mix of sweet and funny. She loves to play a good practical joke and so April Fool's Day was right up her alley! And it lasted for three days! For example
- corn syrup in the shampoo bottle
- taping the kitchen sprayer down so that when I turned the faucet on I got soaked (she got both Ken and I with that one!)
- swapped out the sugar in the sugar bowl for salt so when Jay put a teaspoon of it on his rice krispies he got a big surprise!
I know I've forgotten some but the best one of all is one some of you male readers might not want to read so feel free to skip the part between the asterisks!
After school Brenna called frantically from the bathroom for me. When I entered she looked stricken and showed me her underwear. There were the tell-tale signs of a girl's first period. I didn't believe her of course, it being April Fool's and all. But she was REALLY convincing. REALLY. I was totally on the fence and had to do what I least wanted to do. I asked for her underwear to examine more closely and thankfully figured out quite quickly that it was ketchup! Oh my! The best part is when she did it to Ken later on that evening. Poor Ken. He kept calling me to deal with it. Rather panicked I must say. She could have kept him going for a while but I am obviously not as good an actor! The gig was up and a good laugh was had by all!
There. Stories done. Hope you all had a grin.
How clever you make each one of us. So unique and fresh and complex. You are a wonder.
'til next time,