I realized that it's been a bit since my last post but honestly I haven't had much to blog about. Something did come up with Jacob the other day and it reminded me of something Luke related that happened a couple of months ago.
First, Jacob - I've been thinking a lot about Jacob being in first grade at a public school, being there more then at home and being around friends, that I don't know, all day long. I've been wondering when he will start "learning" things from his friends. Well, it finally happened. The other day Ben was downstairs playing around with the kids and Jacob said something about the "F word" (that's exactly what he said "F word"). I thought to myself oh man, already? He's too young to hear that word. So, Ben started talking to him about it. Telling him that some people say things that we aren't supposed to say. Jacob was saying stuff like "I don't know why they call it that" "I don't understand why it's called the F word". That kind of got Ben (and me) wondering what the word really was that he had heard. It's kind-of funny now that I think back on it but we were asking him like "what does it sound like?" "what are some of the letters in it". We started to get very confused because there was an "M" and a "Q" and he saying the first word starts with and the second word has. We just got the feeling that it really wasn't the actual "F word" that we were thinking of. Finally Ben took Jacob away from his brother and told him that he wanted to know what the word was. At this point we were pretty sure it wasn't what we were thinking it would be and we wanted to make sure that he didn't think something was a bad word that really wasn't. So Jacob got really serious, a little afraid that he was going to get in trouble even though Ben assured him he wouldn't, and said, very slowly "Oh Queen Mother!" and then just looked at Ben. I was around the corner but I could just feel the tension as Ben was trying not to laugh. The poor kid thought he had said something horrible. We explained that it was not the "F Word" and it was an ok thing to say. We've had a few laughs about that.
Now Luke - In our neighborhood we have a lot of kids and as you know kids teach each other things. Well, within the first couple of weeks at our new place the two older boys heard that the middle finger, when put up by itself, was not a good thing. I don't exactly how it all happened but Jacob used to point a lot with his middle finger so maybe they saw that and said something about that not being good. They asked us about it and of course we told them that it was a very bad thing to do and we didn't ever want to see them doing it. Well, one day we were shopping at Costco. We were done and walking out. Ben was pushing the cart with the two younger kids and I was holding Luke's hand walking behind Ben. I looked down at Luke just in time to see him look up a guy we were walking by and flash the middle finger. I was horrified when I saw it happen. It was like in slow motion. My mind was saying "No don't do that! Don't flip him the bird!!" We stopped and I told Ben. He took Luke back to the guy and had him apologize then took him to the car. He will likely not be doing that again. I actually saw the guy walk out just a little after we did, he was with a friend and they were cracking up about it. I'm glad he wasn't mad. That would have made it worse. We've also laughed about that one more then once. Still are to tell the truth.
I wonder how many more things like this are going to happen to us in the next few years. I'm sure many. I will do my best to pass the memories along so you can get a laugh along with us.