Monday, May 16, 2011

Conversations With Kids Part 2

This one is for all my fellow homeschooling parents out there.

One day I was trying to teach my son the importance of using punctuation. That particular day was all about commas. I had seen something on Facebook that I thought was humorous. I also thought it would help my son understand better, especially with his sense of humor. Please note – I can take no credit for the following - “”Let's eat Grandma. Let's eat, Grandma. Punctuation saves lives.”

I wrote out the two grandma sentences and showed them to my son. I explained that the correct sentence invited Grandma to eat along with us and the incorrect sentence said that Grandma was the main course.

My son started laughing and could not stop. When he finally got to where he could breathe a little bit, he said, “I'm sorry! I can just picture Grandma laying out on the table with an apple in her mouth.”

This brought forth another round of hysterical laughter. When he could finally talk again he added, “And she's all slathered in barbeque sauce! But you have to take her dentures out, first!”

And then he congratulated himself on his wit, “Man, I'm awesome!”

It took another 30 minutes before we could continue with schoolwork, but at least he knew the importance of punctuation.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day tomorrow I thought I would post something about my own Mom. She was the best. I think Solomon had her in mind when he wrote Proverbs 31 because every verse describes her.

Ahh...so many stories...where should I begin. I'll start with the sweet. I remember one hot summer night I was preparing to take my bath. I brought down a towel and my pj's, which were not really appropriate for sticky evenings. (Keep in mind, people, this was back before everyone couldn't live without air conditioning! We actually lived without it and lived to tell about it, too!)

“Is that all you have?” Mom asked.

“Yes.” I answered. I think that may be the one time I experienced a growth spurt.

I went about my business and got my bath. When I came out, Mom was at her sewing machine. “You're too fast.” She said. While I was in the tub, she saw a lack that I had and immediately went to work sewing me a cool, comfortable nighty. I still remember that green gingham nightgown.

Another time she surprised me with something was when I was getting ready to go to summer camp for a week. We needed dresses for chapel. Just before I was to leave, I remembered one thing that I had forgotten. When I opened my suit case to put it in I noticed a strawberry print skirt and blouse on top.

Mom sat there smiling, “You were supposed to wait until you got to camp to open it. I wanted to surprise you.”
That's just the way Mom was.

Some of my favorite memories of my mother include the times we went to the library. This was the BIG library in the city. I loved the marble stairways and all the books. I think I even pretended to live there on one visit. We would spend the day in the library and always get a special lunch together. One time we were both in the mood for pizza and there was a pizza place right down the road. We ordered a small because it was just the two of us. Well, the small was not small. It was huge! There was no way we could eat it all. But it was so good!

We asked for a box for the remainder. We had to sneak it into the library because people we not supposed to bring in food. We giggled for the rest of the day because that pizza smelled so strongly of garlic that everyone probably knew it was there.

Isn't it funny the things your mind chooses to remember. I can count on one hand the negative things I remember. The good far outweigh the bad. Think about your mom today. What has she done for you? Give her the honor she deserves on this Mother's Day. Reminisce with your siblings if she is no longer here. See how long it takes before you are laughing so hard you are all about to wet your pants. Most of all, love her.