“Peppers make you strong.”
This was a brotherly piece of advice from J to G during lunch.
“Mommy, you look really handsome in that new shirt.”
(Well, um, thank you, I think.)
“Would you like me to make you a cocktail, Mommy?”
This was asked nonchalantly at breakfast. No, my son is not serving mixed alcoholic beverages at breakfast. According to his explanation, (after I asked "Where in the heck did you learn about cocktails?") while watching $40 a Day with Rachael Ray at Gramma’s, he learned how to make a “fabulous cocktail”…basically, it’s a cold glass of juice or orange drink with a cluster of grapes hanging off the rim. He has offered everyone cocktails lately, including G! I just can’t wait till he goes to Gramma’s to share this tidbit with her.
“Math makes my head hurt.”
Now there’s something I can completely understand! Math makes my head hurt too.
“God makes it rain so the birds can have a bath.”
More brotherly wisdom shared with G.
“My underware was on backwards all day and I didn’t even notice.”
How on earth does one not notice this?? Boys!!
“Gra-----y, don’t touch my hair. You’ll mess it up!”
(Julian has a number two, military-style buzz cut all over his head. It’s utterly impossible to mess up.)
And my favorite thing he's done lately shows just what a generous little heart he can have. "Can we mail this to Debbie?" he asked first thing this morning. Into my hand he thrust a mangled gift bag, tied up and knotted "boy style" with an unmatching ribbon. The gift bag was practically bursting at it's seams. "What is it?" I asked, with some trepidation. "It's a goodie bag for Aunt Debbie at camp." My sister Deb is working for the summer at a campground. Lately, we’ve been assembling and sending her care packages. Sure enough, he’d generously packed the following items into a care package:
a Rescue Hero
a can of Diet Orange Sunkist
a fireman book
a roll of tape
a snack bar
a bowl of grapes
and a picture of himself at age 3.
Somehow I think “Uncle Debbie” would be totally impressed.
Life with a nine-year-old is always interesting...that's for sure. Especially this one. :)