Monday, January 12, 2015

"Shake it off": things Jonathan does that make me smile

Maybe you haven't noticed, but people you love can drive you crazy sometimes.  

When Jonathan is repeating -- for the hundredth time in the last hour -- questions about what we are going to do the next day, 

or screaming in rage because there are no muffins left containing chocolate chips,

or tearing the cardboard edge strip off a jigsaw puzzle and then demanding, "Tape it!"

or asking for an egg for breakfast and then flatly refusing to eat it,

well, it can be difficult to be patient.

But there are also many things he does that make me smile.  Here are a few.

How he can immediately identify Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" just from the percussion at the start of the song.

How, when we're saying grace before meals, he interrupts to list the things he thinks we should mention, such as "Daddy work ... Allison youth group ... green beans..."

His new interest in shovels. He notices how most houses have at least one or two shovels out front, and he will comment on them or sometimes walk up driveways to get a closer look at them.

How he mixes up certain words: such as seeing a comb on the counter top and calling it a "pine cone."

How he will look up from something he is doing, flash a beaming smile, and say "Happy."  Like this.


  1. What a great tribute to a wonderfully complex kid, Jeannie. I'd like to look up from things I'm doing and say "Happy" more often.

    1. You're right, Tim: complex. Yet so simple! I totally agree with you about the "Happy" part. BTW "Happy" is also a song Jonathan really loves. He frequently asks me to sing the chorus, complete with clapping, of course.

  2. Tim is right! I'd like to say, "happy" more often myself. We learn so much from our kids. My son prayed every day for years, "Thank you God, because life is wonderful."

    May God give you grace for the "I want an egg, no I don't want it" moments! Jesus is creating works of art in both you and your son, I'm sure.

    1. I hope so, Betsy... and I love your son's prayer, by the way.

  3. Ah parenting. We take the good with the not-so-good. It's great to be a parent - whether we are good or sometimes not-so-good at it. Cheers! Your patience and perspective is so encouraging.

  4. Love the "Happy," Jeannie. So glad to read this!

    1. Thank you, Micha -- I appreciate your stopping by to read it!


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