Saturday, February 6, 2010
At least I've never heard anyone say, "My Junior is such a freakin' idiot. And so ugly too. Poor lil' guy."
The phrase "a face only a mother can love" somewhat describes this biological phenomenon. It keeps us from wanting to eat our young. At least until they are teenagers.
My offspring really do have a knack for coming out with profound statements.
Just yesterday, I was awoken long before my usual 5am internal alarm to musical noises coming from the room next door.
With remains of sleep holding my eyelids down to half mast, I stumbled into Spiderman's room (referring to my son who just turned five last Sunday). Spidey was sitting up in bed, eating a cookie and playing his Nintendo DS.
I whined, "What on earth are you doing awake so early? It's still night. You should be sleeping."
"But Mumma, I couldn't sleep," Spidey replied. "My belly was empty and my brain was full!"
Out of the mouth of babes indeed. It made me think of the many nights I've myself woken up at 2am, mind racing and belly gurgling. (Okay, maybe sloshing or groaning depending on the day.)
If anyone else has ever had this problem, Spidey's words provide the solution: Before bed, make sure both belly and brain are taken care of in the appropriate proportions.
Sibling rivalry being what it is, my 10-year old Miss M. heard that I had posted Spidey's words of wisdom on Facebook yesterday and wanted in on the action.
As we reminisced about some of her more profound thoughts, I told her I would share one of my favorites on my blog today.
Lil' Miss M. was not too much older than Spidey is now when we had a conversation about how some of her friends were afraid of the dark. She was baffled.
"You know Mommy, the dark isn't even a thing. All that dark means is that there's no light," she explained.
She further clarified, "So really, what they're afraid of is the missing light. How can you be afraid of something that's not there?"
Profound, right? A real thought twister.
There have been a few dark days since Miss M. first shared that insight with me. It has helped me a lot to keep her words close and always think about how I can bring more light into my life.
Like I said, my kids are brilliant.
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