2009/01/20

Middle of the Road

DaGoddess @ 22:51

Sometimes revisiting your past can be both amusing and informative. Thanks to whoever cruises in from Tempe and digs through the old stuff (you know who you are and, sadly, I don’t. The only thing I do know about you is that you really spend a lot of time in the old stuff and also that you were my 600,000 visitor a while back).

From deep in the borked archives:

Snippet of Conversation

Little Dude and I are in the car the other day. I’m having a really good time testing him on his spelling words and just talking to him in general.

I say, “you know what? I like going places with you. You’re a good companion.”

He replies, “I like going places with you, too. You’re an excellent companion. I like our private time together.”

“You don’t like sharing me?”

“Most of the time? No. I like having you all to myself.”

“What about Mojo? You don’t like sharing me with your sister?”

“Eh, I don’t mind sharing you with Mojo.”

“What about xxxx? Did you mind sharing me with him?”

“Well, at first I was really jealous of him, but I got over it. I decided one day that I liked him too and that we could share you.”

“Jealous?”

“Moooooooooooom! Yes. I was jealous, okay? Get over it! I did.”

Sheesh!

Then, a bit later…..we’re driving again and I’m in the far left lane on the freeway.

“Mom, are you going to go to the middle lane at all?”

“I am. When it’s safe. Why? You don’t like this lane?”

“Oh, I don’t not like this lane. I’m just a middle of the road kind of guy.”

He’s seven.

Posted by DaGoddess at February 27, 2004 12:34 PM

LD isn’t just a middle of the road kind of guy. He’s a thoughtful young man (of tender years, right, Pam?) who has always felt very strongly about right and wrong (“you mean ethical behavior?” he asks), being respectful, and generally trying to do well in life. He’s always been this way. Yes, he’s a kid. But I really do appreciate having a kid like this, one who will question the world, challenge me to think beyond my own opinions, and who makes me think on my toes. I’ve had to frame some arguments carefully in order to open his mind at times, and that’s a good thing. It makes me examine some of my long-held and not-so-long-held beliefs. For me, it’s a true test of my convictions and my patience to have to look at things through his eyes or to restructure my words to meet his current view of the world and his view of some concepts.

Thankfully, he’s a very curious young man who likes to have good conversation. And thankfully, I’m his mom.

7 Comments

  1. Secretly, LD is my hero. But then, I’ve only seen him through your eyes. ;)

    Comment by Pam — 2009/01/21 @ 07:27

  2. I’m sure there are a few people still reading who can actually testify to all this being true.

    And, for now, I’m keeping your confession a secret from him. No reason for him to feel all worthy and stuff and get a big head. ;) (He’ll find out tomorrow when he reads this, if he reads this)

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/21 @ 08:53

  3. Little Dude sounds like quite a guy kid. They DO teach us, don’t they? I never really understood that about kids until I had mine.
    It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

    Comment by mannequin — 2009/01/21 @ 17:55

  4. i’m confused from start o near end. I was not that Tempe visitor FWW – but now am Phoenix visitor… Temp(l)e….

    Comment by Temple Stark — 2009/01/21 @ 22:12

  5. Temple, I know you’re not the Tempe visitor, but I love that it’s just one letter off from your name.

    mannequin, LD is quite a good teacher. My daughter was/is, too. I’m lucky to have kids who think and challenge my entire being.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/21 @ 22:36

  6. That conversation was so sweet.

    Comment by vodkamom — 2009/01/22 @ 04:59

  7. Most of the car talks usually are. The face to face ones though, they can be awkward. And funny. And occasionally even scary.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/22 @ 05:09

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