Saturday, January 30, 2010

Stick Found, Mystery Remains

This morning, Fall2 happily presented me with a red popsicle stick. He just appeared in the kitchen, handed it to me while smiling and babbling and toddled off to play. I have no idea where he found it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Words I Don't Want to Hear

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about things I've learned that I wish I didn't know. It made me think about all the things the boys say to me that inspire dread. Tuesday morning gave me the perfect example. I ran upstairs to dry my hair, leaving two little boys happily watching TV. Mere minutes later I ran back downstairs and before my feet hit the bottom step, Winter4 yelled from the kitchen, "Mama, I makin' choc-uh-lit milk for Fall2." Ugh, dread. I rounded the corner into the kitchen to find a mess, though it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. Winter4 thinks that if he does something with Fall2 in mind that he won't get in trouble. While he claimed to be making chocolate milk for his little brother, the huge ring of "choc-uh-lit" around his mouth clearly showed that he had sampled the fruits of his labor. Winter4 had found a packet of hot chocolate mix, put it in a cup, added a little milk (didn't spill a drop), ate a bunch of it with a spoon and gave the rest to his brother. Fall2 was sitting nicely at the table covered in hot chocolate powder, eating the powder out of the cup with his hands, happy as could be. The mess was contained to the kitchen table but required a complete wardrobe change for both boys. As I was cleaning up the table and chairs, Winter4 yelled, "Mommy, choc-uh-lit milk is GOOD." Yes it is. And frankly, there are worse things than spending the day with a toddler and preschooler who smell faintly of chocolate.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Pack of Wolves

Both Summer10 and Spring7 are active in Cub Scouts. In fact, Mike is Spring7's den leader so really our family is active in Cub Scouts (or "Scub Scouts" as Winter4 says as only he can).

The boys recently earned Catholic religious awards through scouts and were invited to "Scout Day with the Bishop" being held for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at a local church. An awards ceremony was held after a brief prayer service. (During which I answered garden variety questions from Spring7 such as "How long is this thing going to last?" and "Is that guy the bishop?") The speaker stated that the scouts were to proceed to the altar to receive a patch from the bishop when their particular award was announced. Egad! This required a quick rebriefing in "how to shake hands with someone important." In a hushed voice that probably half the church heard, I reminded the boys to shake with their right hand, look him in the eye and say thank you.

The first awards were given to Girl Scouts. All this did was raise the expectations for scout behavior. Let me tell you that there was a noticeable difference between the girls and the boys. The seven and eight year old girls, when called, weren't really sure what they were supposed to do but they cautiously approached the altar and looked around at the adults for cues. They lined up in a fairly orderly way, shyly shook hands, said thank you, smiled and quietly walked back to their seats.

The approach of the Cubs was, um, different. Rather than a cautious approach, they more or less stampeded up the aisle. These seven and eight year old boys are Wolf cubs and walking in a pack is exactly what they did. Not that any of them were trying to push or trip each other but when a large pack of boys attempts to walk together, someone is going to get tripped up. As they approached the altar and formed something sort of like a line, when one Cub took one step forward, the other Cubs took three steps forward and got all bunched up. They were in constant motion...forward, back, to the side like magnets being alternately attracted to and pushed away from each other. Each serious handshake was followed by maybe a "thank you", maybe a grunt. Each boy walked back to his seat as if he was on fire and water was around the corner. Fortunately, the bishop had a sense of humor as he chuckled the entire time!

I always give credit to the Boys Scouts for really understanding little boys and knowing what sorts of things they like to do. Clearly, they classify them well too. Next year, I think Spring7 will be a Bear Cub. Does this mean his wolf pack run will slow to a lumber? I don't see that happening!

Popsicles, part deux

Almost a week later and I still don't know what happened to the popsicle. No stick. No sticky red puddle. My best guess is that he ate part of it and threw the rest away or gave it to his brother. A friend suggested I look in the freezer which I did and found a stick from an ice cream treat he ate a couple of weeks ago. I checked in the fireplace which is the little boys' new place for tossing things. I found a book, a drumstick, a train and Tuck the Wonder Pet. The world may never know what happened to that red popsicle as that knowledge has come and gone from Winter4's brain. I wouldn't be surprised if he tells me all about it in 3 months. As long as it's not stuffed between my sofa cushions...