I know parents love to brag about their kids. Of course they do. Especially when they feel as though their child is talented, gifted, and spectacular. And, of course, their child is the ONLY child who is the most spectacular, talented, and gifted. And for them, they are probably right. Just as, for me, I am right in thinking that my son is the most wonderful and smartest 6 year old ever. Because he's mine and I say so. And, to further prove my point, I have evidence. Like the imagination that he has when he really gets motivated about a project with his Legos. And, boy, does he love Legos (especially Star Wars, but his obsession with Star Wars is another post). He loves to create his own machines and gizmos to help him tell the various stories that he loves to tell. As Spring is approaching, he wanted to create something that showed his eagerness to get outside (like the lawnmower in the picture). I love watching his imagination and hearing what story he has created to go with it.
Although he doesn't follow the guidelines for being a Tiger Scout all the time, he is very enthusiastic about being a Cub Scout. He got his uniform the other day and I sewed on all of his regulation patches. He was so proud. I am too. I couldn't help myself when I saw him in his little uniform, he looked so adorable. I have such a hard time dealing with the fact that he is growing so quickly. I know that I talk about it constantly, but he is my only child and I want so desperately for him to be little for as long as possible. I know that he has to grow, I just wish that it didn't happen so quickly.
I'm struggling with how to make him realize that it's important that he strive for following the guideline of being a Cub Scout. I'm also struggling with the whole Christian aspect of the scouts. We are trying to include Buddha in his learning to be a scout, but some of the literature and guidelines make it a little difficult. I want him to be a scout. Both my husband and I were scouts. I feel that it is a good learning and growing experience and that the scouts actually do help to produce fine young individuals. We just need to make sure to hold him accountable and to continue to nurture the paths of Buddha.
We found a toad in our garden. I have no idea how the toad got there. I have never seen a toad anywhere in the wild here where we live. Ever. Yet, sure enough, one shows up in our backyard veggie garden. Strange. And, of course, the first thing that the Monk wants to do. Touch it. Then keep it. Ah...no. So, toad got put into a bucket and carried safely to the local creek that runs up through the park up the street. Since the toad would not become a part of our family, the Monk decided that he would immortalize his new friend through an artistic rendition (I actually drew the body, but the styling is all his own). I love that he is so willing and wanting to draw the things that are around him. He enjoys capturing his imagination and the life around him on paper (often with very elaborate stories do go with his sketches). As an artist myself, I can't help to beam with pride at his creativity. It makes my heart glow.
Kindergarten is over! And it's not easy to admit that the boy has grown so very much. I hate seeing that he is getting bigger and bigger every day! Even now he is sitting behind me working on his netbook practicing his reading on Lexia. I'm glad that he want to learn and he is excited about knowledge, but it's hard being the mother of an only child and watching them bloom so very quickly. Still, doesn't he look handsome in his little cap and gown? I need to just remember to cherish each and every day, even through the tough times. I know it is going to go way too fast.
Playing outside on a bright, beautiful day is a wonder to behold. I look at him and he is growing soooo fast (TOO fast!). I can't help but admire him, for his energy and his imagination. He is noisy and loud and loves (LOVES) to yell for no reason but to hear himself echo through the house. But, while we were outside today and he was checking on the birdseed and finding just the perfect leaf for his newly found caterpillar, I could not wipe the smile from my face. I am blessed beyond belief to be his mother, for he makes me want to be a better person, to be outside with him and not just flopped on the couch. Instead we are all outside, enjoying the weather.
Just a mom
I want to make sure that I am documenting as much as I can because I know that the years are going to fly by and my little boy will be a man. I want to remember it all.