Jack (5) and I were waiting for Nico (8) to get out of class. Jack said "I like having a brother. I love my brother. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a brother. Did you have a brother?" Yes, I said, it is indeed very lucky to have a brother. Nico appeared and Jack ran over and gave him a punch and then picked a little fight with him.
Jack (5) takes an extravagant amount of time to put his shoes on, so on days when I shuttle the boys to school, I have him start the task at least 45 minutes before departure. Twenty minutes into the task this morning he brought me his shoes because he couldn't undo the knotting. I picked apart the knots and assisted with the finishing tasks of shoe tying. In this modern world, there is no practical need for small children to have shoelaces, after all, we have velcro, thanks to NASA. However, there is a character building need for shoelaces. Shoelaces teach patience, persistence, dexterity, and the politics of getting help. Not to mention knot tying. My shoes are fastened with velcro.
I've been taking Jack (5) and Nico (8) swimming in the unheated backyard pool lately. It's very, very cold. Maybe 65 degrees. I had read that swimming in cold water boosts your immune system because the shock of the cold stimulates your body to make more white blood cells. Other benefits include increased serotonin and dopamine levels, the feel good chemicals of the brain. Anyway, I shared this information with them. They are both now enthusiastic cold water swimmers. They reported to me that their various cuts and boo boo's were miraculously healed because of the cold water. And when they get out of the cold water they talk about how awesomely great they feel. I have no idea whether any of this is true, but they are big believers in cold water swimming now, and will tell you you should do it too.
Jack (5) said "I'm going to sneak out of the house in the middle of the night and go to the middle of nowhere." I asked him where the middle of nowhere was. He replied, "Texas."
Jack (5) and I were waiting for Nico (8). Jack piped up and said "My favorite food is candy, ice cream and diet soda and I don't care what you think about that."
Jack (5) came to visit bright and early, about 6:30 a.m. I looked at him and said "you know who you are?" "What?" said Jack. "You are the apple of my eye." He thought it was an insult. He said "No I am not, and you are just a old farthead!!!"
Jack (5) just told us this. "Tomorrow at kindergarten they are going to take us bungee jumping out of an airplane. It's going to be super fun." I suppose this is one of the more unusual benefits of an Episcopalian school.
I had the good fortune this morning to see Nico (8) do his chapel job of acolyte. He was a teeny bit nervous, which drove him to put his hands in his pockets as he was marching up the aisle with his fellow acolytes, which gave him a slight air of a little bit not so pious. But he did a grand job on snuffing out the candles. We all sang "This little light of mine." It was lovely.
Jack (5) was showing me a game he plays on his Mom's iPad. I watched the little character ski down a series of slopes. I asked if I could do it. "NO. You can't handle it. I will find an easy game for you." I said why do you think I can't handle it? "Well, Obaba, it's just too hard for you, so don't worry I will find you some easy games to play."
Nico (8) and Jack (5) came to me this morning and told me they had a prayer for Joey the cat soon to be the dead cat. They recited it. "May Joey be happy, may Joey be healthy, may Joey rest in peace."