Time with our grandsons seems to slip through my hands like sand through an hourglass. At six and three, they change so fast, and I find myself trying to soak up everything about them. I imagine that I’ll follow them around and write down the amazing things they say, but the chaos of life and the whirlwind of attending their needs takes over to the point that after they leave, I barely remember anything that just happened.
I’m always amazed at how much they learn in one day, how many questions they ask and how many words are brand new to them. “Liam, can you pass that white pointy thing? It’s called a funnel.” He and Bryce learned the new word “smorgasbord” at our picnic table lunch. Bryce learned what fragile and cherish mean long ago.
And they also teach us. We talked about the Periodic Table, an image that Bryce had on his Minecraft t-shirt. It wasn’t a real table, like Bryce first thought. He suggested we call it Periodic Chart so people wouldn’t get confused. He also corrected Hopa Joe when they were reading a book about the metamorphosis of a butterfly and Joe called a pupa a poopa. That got good laugh.
At the pool, Bryce wanted to know why the men’s room sign began with a P (pirates)
and the women’s room began with an M (mermaids). There were no pictures to give
Back at home, both boys spent a long time making an obstacle course that involved swords, a squirt gun, hula hoops, a wheel barrow, net and more. It was a course that Hopa couldn’t get past level 2 of, even when he face-timed Uncle Josh for help and they ran it together.
Liam is hungry now, but the words “cookie” and “jerky” come out sounding exactly the same. He does a little dance and uses a sing-song voice every time he asks for “peanut butter balls.” He loves to make others laugh and starts making faces by pulling down his eyelids and sticking out his tongue. Bryce wants to know, if we pulled down all sides of our lids would our eyes fall out?
Really. You just can’t make this stuff up.
________Our World Tuesday