Friday, February 26, 2010

Terms of Endearment

Aaron was putting on his pajamas last night and he was telling me something that had to do with science or math (his favorite subject so far, go figure). Whatever he said must have been told to him by Tim, because I don't think he would have figured it out for himself.

Me: Well, you have a good brain there, babycakes, so it must be right.
Aaron: Momma, you can use babycakes for a baby, but not for a big boy.
Me: Well, what should I call you then?
Aaron: Fried chicken! (Really indicative of a big boy, right?)
Me: Well, you have a good brain there, fried chicken, so it must be right.
Aaron: That is funny, momma!

After that, he decided that I can still call him Little Man, but eventually, I'll need to change that to Big Man. Funny guy is what I'll probably be calling him!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jumping Bean!

Short post here, as Melina is jumping off the stairs again. Not down an entire flight or anything, but jumping down from one stair, and landing on her feet! Great dismount...just in time for the Winter Olympics! She is a great jumper for someone who is just 19 months old. I am really glad that the other little people in this house didn't do the same thing at that age, or I'd have been walking on pins and needles all day. I have discouraged her from trying the same feat in the foyer, where she would be landing on ceramic tile.

If she starts her jumping now, perhaps she'll jump her way to a college track or volleyball scholarship. We can hope, can't we?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Feeling Old

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the elementary school this week. I was helping register the new kindergarten students. Last year, I did the same thing, but did not have a partner to help pass the time. This year, a nice young lady was paired with me. I appreciated the adult conversation and was glad to have met her.

This "young lady" looked to be about 26. She has a 6 year old, so having a baby at 20 seemed young, but who am I to judge?

I found out today that she was born in 1988! Do you know what I was doing in 1988? I was a freshman in high school for the first part of that year, and then that fall, I entered my sophomore year. I was into newspaper and writing, Steve Yzerman, and heavy metal bands. I knew she was young, but clearly, I had no idea just how young!

Good for her that she and her husband are making it work. I didn't get the details, but her two children (one is 2) are both from her husband. That means she might have left school, or gotten married in school -- high school! If I had shown any interest in boys at that point in my life, I could conceivably be this woman's mother! A grandma at the ripe old age of going-on-37!

I see this situation quite a bit with my college students. Many of them are grandparents by the time they are about 37. I know they are proud to be grandparents, but I do wonder about the alternative. What if their children had decided to postpone parenthood just a wee bit longer? What sort of education will all these kids-having-kids get? I know that question is too tough to answer, so I won't bother to try here.

I have to tell you, though, since finding out her age this morning, I swear I have found a couple more crow's feet on my face, and a sprinkling of some fine, gray, hairs. Yikes!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bedtime Conversation

At bedtime Sunday night, Aaron asked why Michigan has such a good hockey team. I answered that they get good players who work hard in practice, and try their best during their games. So next he asked, "Why isn't the football team very good?"

There it is. I nominate Red Berenson to be Michigan's head coach for all men's sports.