…they never forget!
A full week ago, we had a man over to talk about some work in our backyard. The girls and I sat in the den and watched out the window as he walked around, talking to my husband.
He must have made quite an impression on the girls in the 10 minutes he was here. Several times a day – every day since – they start a little conversation, each piping in with a piece of the puzzle…
“Man!” Yes, there was a man here.
“Outside!” Yes, he was outside with Daddy.
“Walk!” Yes, he and Daddy were walking around.
“Fence!” Yes, the man and Daddy stood by the fence.
“Jeans!” Yes, the man was wearing jeans.
“Shirt!” Yes, the man was wearing a shirt.
“Shoes!” Yes, the man was wearing shoes.
“Hat!” No, the man wasn’t wearing a hat. (I don’t know if they thought that would have completed his ensemble, or if they just get on a roll, naming articles of clothing.)
“Paper!” Yes, the man was holding a piece of paper.
“Bracelet!” Yes, the man was wearing a bracelet. (This one makes me laugh. The man had on a big gold watch, and I told the girls it was a bracelet. I’m sure he would be mortified!)
“Knock!” Yes, you knocked on the window at him.
It reminds me of giving a kid a nice gift, and he just wants to play with the box…throw out the hours we spent playing puzzles and counting our steps, and show them a man walking around for 10 minutes instead.
I guess it goes to show me how learning opportunities come in all shapes and sizes!
(And don’t worry…I am not seriously going to throw out the puzzles and quit counting steps, to be replaced by people watching at the mall! But I will keep narrating even the most random of occurrences...as this is a good reminder that they're paying attention afterall!)