My boys keep me on my toes. I never know what they're going to say next. Sometimes I'm practically in tears laughing. Sometimes I'm amazed and am sure my mouth is left hanging open. Their little minds are always in motion.
Me: "I love you Buddy."
Micah: "I love you too, Mom."
Me: "Will you always be my special Buddy?"
Micah: "Well, probably not."
Me: (Slightly caught off guard) "Oh. How come?"
Micah: "Don't you know that older people die first?"
Me: "Right. How could I forget."
Me: "Um, well, kind of. What do you mean?"
Grady Lee: "Do my carrots and chicken go all the way to my toes?"
Me: "No. When you swallow food it goes to your stomach and then to your intestines."
Grady Lee: "And then where does it go?"
Me: "Well, the parts of the food that your body doesn't need it gets rid of when you use the bathroom."
Grady Lee: "That's kind of strange. I've never seen my carrots or chicken in the potty before."
Me: "I don't know, Buddy. I hope so. It would be fun to have another brother or sister, huh?"
Grady Lee: "Yeah. And I think I want another brother so that he can sleep in my room with me and Micah."
Me: "Wow. Three boys in one room! That would be pretty full."
Grady Lee: "Yeah, and we can get bunk beds that are three beds high! And when the baby brother learns to walk and talk he can shoot guns with me and Micah all night long!"
Me: "Shoot guns at night?"
Grady Lee: "Oops. I told me and Micah's secret. Sometimes we get out of bed and shoot our guns when you're not listening."
Me: "Almost. You've got just a few more problems to do."
Micah: "But this is taking infinity long!"
Me: "Wowsers! That's a super long time."
Micah: "Yeah, and I'm about to be as old as you are now!"
(Um, is the child suggesting I'm infinity old?!)
Me: (After yanking his raised hand from pointing down the aisle) "Ssshhh! You don't need to yell and you don't need to point."
Grady Lee: "But that man over there has a dress and a beard. I think he might be from the Bible!"
I didn't linger to examine - I rolled my cart very quickly several aisles over.
Micah: "Well you know, Mom, they are long and can reach good."
Me: Silent. Totally silent. Stunned and at a loss for his gross, but true, observation.
Me: "Yes. That's why it's important for us to practice. People like to know what we care about their country and are trying to learn their language."
Grady Lee: "If you forget some words when you're there you can just call me and I'll tell them to you."
Me: "Um, okay. Like what words?"
Grady Lee: "All the words you are teaching us from our Spanish book."
Me: "I think I've got those words down pat and won't forget them, Buddy."
Grady Lee: "But if you do forget, just call me and I'll bring the book to the airport for you so they can fly it to your new country."
Me: "Oh, well that doesn't sound like a lot of fun for me so maybe I'll just watch you play instead."
Micah: "No, Mom. Then it's not fun for me. The game is only the most fun when I am the winner. So I need to you obey my rules, okay?"