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Many people over the years have told us that we are blessed for having three kids at the same time. And it's true for all the craziness yelling, teasing, bickering and whining there is lots to be thankful for. Here's a few things.

Group hugs When I pick up the kids from school, there are raucous calls of 'Mama!' followed immediately by almost flying-tackle style hugs from the girls.

Conversations that don't involve me I'm used to talking to my kids. The primary communication was me or my husband talking to the kids. Now they talk to each other. It's amazing. And the conversations are unbearably cute.

Strange arguments Once, while picking up the kids, I overhead the teacher talking about the difference between healthy food and junk food. They were listing examples of each. Thinking to pick up on these points in the car, I asked my son about it. Then this happened:

Son: What's junk food?

Me: Things like potato chips and cookies.

Son: No!

Me: (surprised) Yes, cookies are junk food.

At this point, he puts on his 'angry face' frown, eyebrows furrowed and he leans forward.

Son: Cookies. Are. NOT. Junk food.

I let that one go. The next day, at dinner we braved the taboo subject once more.

Me: What is junk food.

Son: Food that goes in the trash.

(Ah, HA!)

Me: You don't want to throw cookies in the trash!

Son: (shaking head) No!

Me: Me either, buddy.

Inspiration I've written two volumes of short stories based on the cool, weird things the kids have said. I have no idea if anything will happen with them, but it's been a blast. What else are you supposed to do when your daughter informs you that you are the moon? Just nod, and work it in at some point.

Having books read to me It's all well and good to read a book to your kids, but you haven't lived until they read one to you. Something about their little voices doing the words makes you forget the billion times you've previously read the book.

Sing-alongs This is a relatively new thing. This time last year, any time I went to sing a song, the girls would, in no uncertain terms, request that I stop. And if I didn't, they would melt down into huge fits of tears and yelling. Does wonders for your self-esteem. Then, slowly, they started to let me sing them a certain stable of songs. Now, we sing together.

Kindness to each other It's easy to know when the kids don't get along. They'll let you know. But there are heart-melting moments when they do kind things for each other. Give a toy, let someone else go first on the bus, give each other hugs Man, am I thankful for that.

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