From my experience of working with children, I have heard many amazing and amusing things. There are some things in the past that I thought I’d never forget because they were so profound or hilarious. I was wrong! I have forgotten most of them because I didn’t write them down.
Since my grandson at two and a half years old has turned into quite a little thinker, I am realizing again how amazing are the workings of a child’s mind.
Recently I sent a box of clothes the grandchildren that I had found on sale and purchased for their birthdays this summer. When I last visited, I realized they needed those sizes now instead of five months from now.
My son called and put Alex on the phone. “Gran! I’m so excited! Thank you for the box!”
This was followed by my son saying, “Not on the couch! No jumping on the couch! Put the box on the floor! Jump in the box on the floor.”
Next he put Alex back on the phone. “Tell her thank you for the clothes…” He did this and it dawned on me that what he was most excited about was the box!
The last time I went to church with them he stayed in the sanctuary for a special program. I could tell he was getting bored and was fiddling with the offering envelopes on the back of the pew. I had the bright idea to give him a dollar bill to put in an envelope and help him write his name on the outside. He put the dollar in, took the dollar out, put the dollar in, took the dollar out, and on and on until they finally started down the rows with an offering plate.
I said, “Put the dollar in the envelope. We are going to put it in the offering plate and give it to God.”
He looked at me and said, “No, Gran! We give our money to the church and then the church gives it to God!”
When I was getting ready to leave their house the next day, I told him, “I have to leave tomorrow. I want you to know that Gran will miss you every day. And I will love you every day. And I will pray for you ever day and think about you every day.” I kissed him and walked toward the hallway.
He called after me, “Gran!”
I asked, “What, buddy?”
He said, “That is very sad. You have to drive and drive and drive all that way to get back to the mountains. Can’t you live here?”
What does a Granny say to a thing like that?
His mind is constantly working, constantly trying to unravel the riddles of an adult world. He uses the iPad to listen to books, play games and listen to music. I have to get him to turn it on for me and he knows the security code to put things in motion. Our children and grandchildren are growing up in a technology world that is still alien to a lot of us.
His latest accomplishment at two and a half is to say all of the words to the Pledge of Allegiance by himself. There’s only one catch. For every single flag we pass, he wants everyone in the car to say it with him. Learning respect for God and country at such an early age is a great way to start his education, I’d say. He certainly is educating the rest of us as we see the world through his eyes.