Children. Don’t they amuse or annoy and even confuse when they are cheeky? When they call a white object blue and accompany that declaration with a cute smirk – at least I, as a PDD mom find my mind in a pirouette over a little cheekiness from my boy.
Grandma chats with a neighbor. The chat goes on for awhile and CJ plays precocious: “Shut up!” hands on ears and pretending to be distressed, “I’m going to sleep. Everyone, quiet!”
A friend’s son, Daniel (the chubby chinoy on his mom’s lap) behaves like CJ in some ways. While the rest of the family gathered around the TV for a pinoy movie to conclude our dinner, Daniel and I sat on the bed where he nailed one delightful observation:
Daniel: Auntie, what is that?
Me: (examining the bottle) A liniment. What color is it, Daniel?
Me: (muttering to myself) Thank goodness I don’t have to smell like a quack doctor’s patient with this product. (then back from my private thoughts) Come Daniel, here, lovely winter mint.
Daniel: (in perfect accent and perfectly imperfect grammar) It smell green!
Immediately I was transported to market day in Cortona, to Francis writing on a postcard, “it even smells purple.” Remember Under the Tuscan Sun? This was obviously a coincidence of color perception but let me just hurray how kids can be marvelous.
Especially when they’re not fighting like cats and dogs as these siblings used to when they were little. Look at them now – so peaceful :D. They’re going to kill me if they discover I’m blogging about them but they are too busy to read their old aunt’s drama so I should be safe for now. That’s the niece in a previous post, the one I gifted with a pair of silver heels for her graduation. I heard they were too big so she stuffed tissue paper in them. What grief those shoes must have caused her toes, poor baby.
These two flew in from Cebu last week. We celebrated Songkran (Thai New Year) together which was loads of fun. I’ll probably blog about that later. Meanwhile, what a diversion tweaking these photos on Photobucket or I probably just had too much time. But surely, happiness is when you don’t have to celebrate a major holiday alone.