Monday, August 1, 2011

lessons

The kids and I waited outside on the lawn while Dan had a doctor appointment. They ate cookies and then played tag. I told them not to yell, but didn't tell them not to run. They picked dandelions for me. In the end I had 36 miniature yellow suns in Austin's Batman hat.

I am amazed that in spite of their 10 year age gap, they still manage to fight about stupid crap and love each other like crazy and be close the way only siblings can be.

As we got ready to leave we saw a dead bird under a tree and Austin got kind of upset about it and spent the next hour telling complete strangers about the bird that had "passed out" (I would tell them he meant passed away and sometimes we would laugh, the strangers and I). Then we saw a man in the pharmacy that had lost a leg. Austin said he thought that man had hurt his leg and I said to him that I thought he was right. Then a woman who turned out to be the man's mother came over and told Austin very sweetly that the man had lost his leg in a motorcylce accident and that he (Austin) should never ride a motorcycle. I told Austin that he should go tell that man that we wished him the best, but instead he told him about the bird.

7 comments:

All This Trouble... said...

Well, I hope Austin gets to ride a motorcycle one day and that he keeps his legs intact. That's the best outcome, in my opinion.

Maybe Austin knew the best course of action would be to point out how precious and fleeting life really is. And that some of us die in flight and some of us die of boredom.

Ms. Moon said...

Children. They are so themselves.

Petit fleur said...

I love that kid!

Also acquiring 36 miniature suns in a batman hat is pretty darn cool.

adrienne said...

austin spoke to that man like he would any other, and i think that is a testament to who he is. sweet boy. sweet mama.

Steph(anie) said...

adrienne, you are so right.

Mary ♥ Mur said...


Oh, nice post.)) Love your blog!!!.))))))

I need your help ... Soon I am flying to Greece and I will have a two-day shopping in Athens .. You were there ever? If yes, what places you advise?

Steph(anie) said...

I have not been to Greece, but it sounds wonderful.