Sometimes Bennett seems older than his years, such as when he dropped something in the car and told me, “I seem to have lost it.” Or when he told me, “Please don’t respond to me.” What? Turns out that one was supposed to be “interrupt”, which we figured out when he kept saying, “Don’t inter-respond me.” Because apparently he finds being “inter-responded” “insulating”. You know, when someone says something mean about you: insulating.
I make these notes in my email or on my phone whenever one of the boys does or says something so I don’t forget. Unfortunately, I don’t always remember details, like with this one. I don’t remember what he was talking about, but the boy’s vocabulary is so cute. Maybe we were at the grocery store meat counter and rang the bell. I’m not sure. But he informed us, “We have to ring it every moment.”
When Bennett was born, we called him Peanut. When he got a little bigger, Jeffrey decided he should be Walnut because peanuts are too little. Bennett asked him the other day, “What kind of nut will I be when I’m ten?” (Possibly a famous one if he keeps this up.) Continue reading
This is post #501! Does that mean I talk to much? Don’t answer that. On to the kid stuff.
Bennett’s been watching “Gaspard and Lisa”, a cute, if odd, cartoon on Disney, Jr. Gaspard and Lisa are both dogs, complete with walking, talking dog families. Which is normal for a cartoon, except that everyone else in the cartoon is human, and no one seems to think that walking, talking dogs is a big deal. Despite the fact that it’s only these two families. But wait! It gets better! They live in Paris, where everyone speaks perfect English (no accents), and you only hear the occasional, “Bonjour.” Strange little show. Anyway, part of the intro song is, “Hello! Bonjour!” Yesterday, Bennett ran into the kitchen, yelled, “Hello! Bozo!” and ran back down the hall. Continue reading
You know when you make someone angry and they say, “I’m going to make you pay for that!”… Well, Bennett, being the generous (and a bit confused) darling that he is, says, “I’m going to pay you for that!”
Bennett told me the other night, “I brushed my teeth. Now they won’t get black and fall out.” Continue reading
We went to a science museum last night and along with seeing a few dinosaur skeletons, we found some cool toys to play with. One was a window with lights set up on each side. The lights only shined on one side at a time to create a reflective effect, like when you can’t see in a window if it’s light on your side and dark on the other side. Check out what Bennett’s doing when he thinks no one can see him. You can also hear him yelling every time I “reappear”. We did it about 20 times and he never did figure out how it all worked. (The video is just two “rounds”, and is only about 15 seconds.) Continue reading
Jeffrey told me yesterday that he wanted to make a special surprise breakfast for us today. He made me keep Bennett closed up in the bedroom until he had finished.
We had cinnamon toast, apples, Ritz crackers, and Bennett had a side order of Fruitful O’s (by special request). Continue reading
Jeffrey had CRCT (state-mandated standardized testing) this week, and Monday morning when it was time to leave, Bennett got upset and cried, “But I don’t know how to do schoolwork!” When I explained to him that only Jeffrey was taking the test and we would be leaving him there and Bennett would be coming home with me, that just made it worse. “But then I won’t have a big brother!” Continue reading
On the way back from Arkansas, we stopped at Memphis to walk along the river and have a picnic lunch. I was trying to finish off an almost-empty bag of potato chips, so I dumped a small pile of mostly crumbs and little pieces on each of their plates. I got a whopping five tiny pieces. When I said, “I guess I didn’t want any chips anyway.” Jeffrey said, “Silly Mama, chips are for kids.” Continue reading