This son of mine is all boy-- a blur of energy and noise. And the more tired he is, the faster and louder he is. But he also possesses keen observational skills, and has a tender emotional perceptiveness.
I've collected some of his recent sayings from past months..
~ As he ate breakfast one dark morning, he watched a lone, small bird sitting absolutely still near the birdfeeder. "The junco is waiting patiently for the sun to come up so he can eat his breakfast."
~ "I'm so happy, I'll wear my biggest smile. Maybe it will go past a smile and I'll start to cry."
~ Asking me about my frequent visits to my mom during her illness: "Are you going to see Grandma a lot because she's sick? And because she's your mom?"
~ He (finally) very successfully reads through a story without stumbling so much that he gets himself upset and frustrated. I tell him how proud I am of him.
"Well, don't be too proud. I've heard something bad will happen to you if you're proud."
~ With a big sigh as he takes his shoes off after coming home from a sleepover: "I'm so glad and so sad to be home."