Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)
TITLE: When I Was A Child...
By Eileen Knowles
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“How old are you, Mommy?”
“I’m 35, Honey”
“How old will you be after 35?”
“Mommy, when you get to the end of the numbers…you die.”
“Mommy, are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin?”
“Um, I don’t know…what are you thinking?”
“I don’t know…I’m just sayin’…are you thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?”
My son was lying on his bedroom floor moving his arms and legs like a snow angel in the middle of all his toys.
“Look Mom, I’m cleaning my room!”
“Honey, that’s not how you clean your room.”
“That’s how a three-year-old cleans his room.”
In the store today we were going down the cereal aisle when my son suddenly points to the Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
“Mom, we have to get that cereal…you can see the taste!”
My son had a little bit of indigestion today, but didn’t know how to explain it to me. He did the best he could with this description…
“I just threw up inside me.”
Today my son was eating his yogurt at the kitchen table and suddenly stopped, looked at me and said…
“Mom, can you feed me…my arms are tired.”
Last night, I was tucking my son into bed. Our normal routine is to pray for all the things in our life that make us thankful. We thank God for our friends, for Daddy, for Grandma, Pop and Grandpa. We thank Him for our house and our bed. Sometimes when we are praying, I will even thank Him for our pillows and our blankets. Last night, I thanked Him for the ice cream we ate before going to bed. My son looked at me with eyes wide and said, “Mom that’s the BEST thing you have EVER thanked God for!”
Our old dog was lying on the living room floor today and passed some interesting and powerfully smelling gas. My son was resting on the couch with a bad cold and an extremely stuffy nose…
“Peeuw” he exclaimed, covering his nose.
“You can smell that with your stuffy nose?”
“Yeah, there are cracks through the boogers.”
“Mommy, is it cold in Heaven?”
No, honey…it’s perfect in Heaven. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold.”
“Mommy, I can’t wait to see what perfect feels like.”
So I shuffled my sleepy self out to the kitchen early this morning to get some coffee going in the coffee pot. Just as I was finishing, my son comes around the corner and sees the stack of coffee filters sitting on the counter…
“What are those?” He asks pointing to the coffee filters.
“Oh, I thought you were going to make giant cupcakes.”
While putting my son to bed tonight we heard a dog barking outside…
“It’s just a neighbor’s dog barking.” I tell him.
“Oh, I guess someone is just getting home from the grocery store.”
(Of course…our dogs bark when we get home from the grocery store, so that’s why the neighbor dogs bark too!)
I left the house this morning at 6:00am to help my friend with a garage sale. My son woke up a little bit later in the morning and couldn’t find me. He placed a note on daddy, who was still sleeping, which read…
DAD MOM is Misinn
My husband left on a business trip today and took the car I usually drive because it tends to be more reliable. My son and I came out later in the morning to take a trip into town…
“Mom, where is our car?”
“Daddy took it.”
“Why did Daddy steal our car?”
First day of kindergarten today and my husband and I both wanted to drop our little man off at the school and say our good-byes to him. While getting into the car, I told him that Daddy was going to follow us in his car because both of us wanted to be there for his first day…
“That’s because you both like me.”
Was putting my son to bed tonight and I told him just how much I miss him now that he is in kindergarten and we don’t get to spend the days together anymore…
“That’s okay, Mommy…you still get to see me on the weekend!”
1 Cor 13:11 (ISV)
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