Durel and I were talking the other evening about how, even at our ripe old ages, our parents still kiss us firmly on the heads.
My family has always been pretty affectionate, so I never thought about it. Durel's family is less demonstrative, so he did.
Here is my operating theory: No matter how old you get, you are still your parents' baby. And they will kiss your head firmly, forever. Because it's in their parental DNA. They've been kissing you like that since you were born and there simply is no good reason to stop.
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So, Jack is huge now. He has seen the first Harry Potter movie and asks me repeatedly when he can go to wizarding school. (I see Harry Potter themed parties in our future.) He will play Quidditch, of course. He anticipates being in Gryffendor, but Durel and I are quick to posit the virtues of Slytherin. (Seriously. Slytherin is cool. It's how you use your power that makes the difference, n'est pas?)
He's big on cocoa, also. So, imagine the kismet that occurred when one of the items on his monthly homework calendar was to "drink a cup of hot chocolate and use your five senses to describe it."
We got to work, and here's what we learned.
Me: OK, Jack. Let's use your eyes. What does your cocoa look like?
Jack: Clear vomit.
Me: ...Oh! Uh...OK.
Jack: You know what I mean. It's all bubbly.
Me: Rrrrright. How about your nose? How does your cocoa smell?
Jack: (sniffs) Chocolate!
Me: Great. What about touch? How does it feel?
Jack: (unceremoniously sticks finger into hot cocoa) Oh! LIKE FIRE!
Me: Wow. OK. How does it sound?
Jack: (looks at me as if I'm a bit daft) Like bubbles popping.
Me: OK, most important one! Let's taste it!
Anyway, that was a successful (and enlightening) exercise. Here are a few shots of Jack at his best lately. I took them in between stealing every opportunity to kiss him firmly on the head.
|Holding a baby kangaroo at his friend Addie's amazeballs birthday party.|
|We big puffy heart love Menchies.|
|He stole my sandwich at Panera.|
|He also ate about half of my pho. I swear, I feed him.|
Hope kisses are firm and vomit is only theoretical in your world today.