Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Less Words Wednesday: Morning Swim

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Update: Kids (Still) Say the Funniest Things

Four years ago, I shared one of those silly Facebook quizzes where my kids answered a bunch of questions about me. Recently, I stumbled on that old post and thought it might be fun to see what their answers to the same questions would be today.  Initially, my goal was just pure silliness. As I'm about to transition this blog to a brand new ModX "business" website, I figured my days of random overshare are probably numbered. Maybe not. We'll see.

Yet, my kids surprised me. It was a much more enlightening experience than I expected.

In most ways, it made me smile and feel good. Some of it is just silly (and there's always a place for that) but I'm also amazed at some of the things they picked up on. The one about what they are proud of is my favorite.

The question about what I was like when I was a child created an ah-ha moment for sure. Wow. My kids (still) know almost nothing about me from before I was their mother. This is something I want to fix. I think about how much I cherish the littlest tidbits of my dad's childhood like burying toy soldiers in the backyard or swimming in the Charles River. When my dad was sick, he talked a lot about his own mother. The expression on his face is forever embedded in my mind as he concluded simply, "She was a nice lady."

In those memories, I see him not as my dying father, but as a little boy and a man with a lifetime of experiences. There's a gift in that which I can't quite explain but would like to find a way to share.

Meanwhile, here is the quiz I mentioned. Enjoy!

FACEBOOK QUIZ: Kids Say The Funniest Things
Answered by: Miss M & Spiderman in 2009 then in 2013

1. What is something mom always says to you?
     M (age 9): Do your homework!   (age 13): Did you feed Sunny [the guinea pig]?
     S (age 4): *shrug* *giggle*   (age 8): Leave your sister alone.

2. What makes mom happy?
     M (age 9): When I brush my teeth.   (age 13): When me & Steven are polite, when we clean up  without asking, and certain kinds of chocolate.
     S(age 4): When I eat dinner.   (age 8): ME!

3. What makes mom sad?
     M (age 9): When we don’t get to snuggle.   (age 13): Sad things. When people die.
     S (age 4): When you don’t eat your dinner.  (age 8): I. D. K.  She’s always happy.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
     M (age 9): By tickling me.   (age 13): By saying random funny things at times when they are unnecessary.
     S (age 4): Poopie pants! (???)   (age 8): By being silly.

5. What was your mom like as a child?
    M (age 9): I don’t know – she never told me any of those stories.   (age 13): I have no idea.
     S (age 4): She wore diapers.  (age 8): How would I know? I wasn’t even born!

6. What is her favorite thing to do?
     M (age 9): Snuggle and have fun with her family!   (age 13): Spend time with us and hang out at the lake.
     S (age 4): Go to bed.   (age 8) Us, work, and Facebook.

7. What does your mom do when you're not around?
     M (age 9): Go to parties, go to work, see Daddy, go to lunch with her friends… lots of stuff!  (age 13): Work. Reading. Talking too loudly to her friends on the phone.
     S (age 4): Cry.  (age 8): Work.

8. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
     M (age 9): Singing.  (age 13): Writing & motivational speaking.
     S (age 4): Singing.   (age 8): Selling coffee.

9. What is your mom really good at?
     M (age 9): Singing.   (age 13): Writing, sales stuff, motivating people.
     S (age 4): Silly faces.   (age 8) Selling.

10. What is your mom not very good at?
     M (age 9): Mommy is good at everything.   (age 13): I don’t know. Can’t think of anything.
     S (age 4): Wiping butts!   (age 8): Playing Minecraft.

11. What does your mom do for a job?
    M (age 9): Go to an office and make people happy or else her boss gets mad at her.  (age 13): Writing, selling, plus something with coffee and really good hot chocolate.
    S (age 4): Wipe butts!!   (age 8): Type on the computer and talk on the phone.

12.What is your mom's favorite food?
     M (age 9): Spicy stuff.   (age 13): Something vegetarian probably. And carrot cake.
     S (age 4): *BURP*   (age 8): Coffee.

13. What makes you proud of your mom?
     M (age 9): That she’s awesome.   (age 13): That she’s doing what she loves to do instead of sitting around an office like most other people do.
     S (age 4): Her smile.  (age 8): That she loves me so much.

14. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
     M (age 9): Wonder Woman… or a fairy.  (13): Can’t think of a cartoon but for a book character, I’d say June from Legend.
     S (age 4): Spiderman!   (age 8): Spongebob Square Pants. (Note to self: more squats.)

15. What do you and your mom do together?
     M (age 9): Go to museums.  (age 13): Shopping, reading, talking about books and other stuff.
     S (age 4): Snuggle.   (age 8): Snuggle.

16. How are you and your mom the same?
     M (age 9): We both like to sing.   (13): We generally like the same books and movies; we have the same sense of humor.
     S (age 4): We both have hair.   (age 8): We both have short hair.

17. How are you and your mom different?
     M (age 9):  I want more money than she does.  (age 13): I’m a teenager & she’s not. I read a lot more fiction and she reads more non-fiction.
     S (age 4): I’m a boy and she’s a girl.   (age 8): I’m a boy and she’s a girl.

18. How do you know your mom loves you?
     M (age 9): Because she always tells me and always gives me hugs and kisses. And all mommies love their children.   (age 13): Because she tells me all the time and we do a lot together.
     S (age 4): Because I do silly things and mom loves it.   (age 8): Because she’s my mom.

19. What does your mom like most about your dad?
     M (age 9): That he’s handsome and smart.   (age 13): That he’s smart and funny.
     S (age 4): Taking a bathtub. (DOH!!)   (age 8): That he’s sweet.

20. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
     M (age 9): Anywhere with her family.   (age 13):  Home. Or maybe someplace tropical.
     S (age 4): Burger King!   (8) Home.

If nothing else, I hope this made you smile!


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