Sunday, May 6, 2012

Not so sure I'm smarter than a 5th grader.

Playing Scattergories with the Kimi and the kids. Letter: J. Topic: U.S. Cities.  I was proud to announce my answer, Juno (Alaska.)"That's not how you spell it, though Mom." my 10 year old, William, informed me.
"It's JUNEAU."
"Oh.  I think you're right." I conceeded. But it still starts with a J!"
His concluding comment on the subject:  "Jeez Mom, Didn't JUNEAU that????"

My 3 1/2 year old son is keeping me just as entertained. Nathan convinced me to sit down and play Clue with him one recent weekday. As I threw in a load of laundry, finished unloading the dishwasher, and straightened the house to a point where I could handle sitting down for a minute in it, he set out the gameboard.
We chose the cards to be placed in the secret envelope and it was time to roll the dice.
"Ladies First," Nathan politely said to me.
"Thank You Nathan." I replied, then asked, "Where did you learn to say that?"
His answer: "Scooby Doo."

 A few weeks later,we were sitting at a stop sign in the Suburban when a motorcycle gang crossed our path.
"Dad used to have a motorcycle," I told him. "Back when we were younger." This conversation starter peaked Nathan's interest instantly.
"Why does he not have a motorcycle any more?" he asked.
"He sold it to buy me this ring." I held up my left hand for him to see.
After a few moments of thought he let me know how he felt about that.
"You know, you should get your own rings."