October 19, 2007

Bonding Moments

Spending time with my son lately has been pure joy. Heís been having issues with his teacher and 2 classmates, which I have to go in and address tomorrow. To ensure his spirit remains nurtured, while enduring his personal challenges, Iíve rearranged my schedule to spend even more time with him. As a result, heís made me laugh each day with something creatively funny heís said. Below is a sampling:

[Scene: Picking him up at the gym from after-school program my son sees me, gets all excited starts running towards me.]
Son: MomÖ mom, you gotta let me go to the Halloween party theyíre throwing here in 2 weeks!
Me: You know that it starts past your bedtime. Why do you want to go so badly?
Son: Because thatís the mother load of candy days! I can collect more in one night than you buy in a YEAR! I can collect it and stash it away and eat only a few pieces a week, that way itíll last me till next Halloween and Iíll never have to negotiate with you to buy candy ever again Ďcause Iíll already have my own.
Me: [Just gave him a look heís used to by now]
Son: [Turns to friend and says:] ďSee, I told you she wouldnít buy it.Ē

[Scene: Me, stopping in at the corner cafť to buy some coffee on our way to his school. My son remains outside running around chasing pidgeons. He stops for a moment, comes inside and starts collecting the crumbs off the counter.]
Me: Why are you collecting crumbs?
Son: The pidgeons are hungry and want the crumbs.
Me: How do you know theyíre hungry and want crumbs?
Son: They told me so. I speak fluent pidgeon! [He said this with such a serious face everyone was dying to burst out in laughter, me included. He stood there waiting for me to give the ok.]
Me: [All I could muster to do was wave him on and say:] Go ahead.
Afterwards everyone bursts out in laughter and a few agree, the scene was worthy of submission to the the Metropolitan Diary column in the NY Times. I simply said "Please go ahead and submit them yourselves. I've got plenty more where that came from." Hence the inspiration for this new theme in my blog - Bonding Moments.

[Scene: While playing chess in our living room]
Me: Where are you going, weíre in the middle of a game.
Son: I know, by the time you figure out that I have you in double check Iíll be back with my glass of water. Want some? [He stands there waiting for my answer as I stare at the board and see that Iíve lost becaues he has my Queen in double check-mate and my King in check. ]
Me: How did you do that in 9 moves?
Son: Itís easy, Thursdayís is your worst day of the week and you come home tired, with lots of things on your mind. I suggest we play chess so I can take advantage of that! [Him giggling!]
Me: Some day youíll have kids of your own, Iím going to teach them how to play so well, they're going to teach you a thing or to!
Son: Yes, and until that day comes I will continue to beat you!

Posted by Michele at October 19, 2007 01:56 AM
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[Scene: Seven-year-old son say goodbye to mother before leaving with Dad for school]

Son: Mom look the dog is licking her privates.

Mom: Yes. Dogs do that sometimes.

Son: I can't do that. [bends at waist to demonstrate.] See?

[Parents fall to the floor laughing the moment he leaves the room]

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 19, 2007 04:10 PM

You have an absolutely adorable son...and playing chess too. Wow. You are a wonderful mom.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at October 19, 2007 07:01 PM

Michele,

This is the most recent post with comments available so I am using this to respond to your farewell post above. I don't even know if you will get this since when I responded to the last email I got from you it was kicked back.

I just wanted to say farewell. And not just in the sense of goodbye, but in the sincere hope that you fare well.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 20, 2007 10:22 AM

Tried calling your cell but the person that answered indicated that it too has suffered bad fate at the hands of the corporate gods. Try not to take it too hard. I know how much this blog meant to you. Remember this too will pass soon:

Week of Oct. 15 - 21: All your relationships seem shaky right now, and there may be problems when it comes to communicating your needs. This is mainly due to Mercury being retrograde in Scorpio, which tends to create an intense atmosphere of mistrust. Itís not only bad for your love life, it definitely won't help your current work situation. This will be one of the worst times for you all around Dear Gemini. Itís definitely not be the best time to ask for a raise or negotiate deals with your employers. If you can wait until after November 9th
when Mercury goes forward once again you'll have much better opportunities for success all around. Till then, duck and cover. Use this opportunity to sort out ongoing personal issues. With both Venus and Saturn moving through your home zone you're likely to feel frustrated with events with loved ones. Don't try to force the pace, as it's better to go with the flow. Do what you can, apologize if need be, but don't worry about the rest. If they accept great, if not Dear Gemini, accept that its time to move on. All good things must come to an end to allow room for the newer, happier and more exciting beginnings that are in all areas of your life just around the corner. If you can, get others to love, support and help lick your wounds. Give yourself time to heal rest and regroup.

Posted by: lisa at October 20, 2007 11:26 AM

It was a pleasure getting to know you! When you are again able to join the family, shoot me an email! *wink*. Ah hell, shoot me an email anytime. Don't disappear completely!

Posted by: oddybobo at October 21, 2007 07:47 PM