Friday, March 31, 2017

Because of Nathan

Today's post could easily become a novel.

However, there is one gorgeous day waiting outside my window, so I will pare down a bit. Ten years ago I was painting a small room pale green on the bottom and pale blue on the top and trying to figure out how to glue a dinosaur border between. I had registered for the essentials that come with the first baby, and I'd read the how-to books cover to cover. Nathan was coming that summer, and I had to be prepared. While I knew the basics of childbirth, I had no idea how much I'd learn in the following decade.

Today's post is the second in a three-part series of what I've learned from my kids {Nora's post is here}, but I'm fast-forwarding this one. Following are some of the more recent things I'd never know if it weren't for my oldest.

Because of Nathan I know...
  • How much patience it requires to have both a little sister and a little brother.
  • That it's hard to tie a new pair of high-top Converse, but it's worth it.
  • That a recess spent sitting on the sidewalk with friends is way better than being the first to the swings.
  • That help around the house from a child is a godsend.
  • That more expensive art supplies really do {unfortunately} make a difference in the finished piece.
  • Words like mage and night elf and druid, and the fact that I'll never fully understand World of Warcraft.
  • What is.
  • On that note: the necessity of headphones.
  • How to kill an Ender Dragon.
  • How to transpose music. Seriously.
  • That subtracting by way of borrowing and carrying is still as complicated as it was in the '90s.
  • That elementary school seems to be about finding your path as much as finding the right answer.
  • The best days in the fourth grade are popcorn chicken Wednesdays and art class Fridays.
  • How to juju on that beat {expertly, might I add}.
  • Who Dan TDM is.
  • That "YouTube personality" is a multi-million dollar career. Who knew?
  • That those creepy Goosebump tales still reign supreme as a go-to book series.
  • The intricate tastes distinguished among the various flavors of Sour Punch Straws.
  • What the regions of Arkansas are called. We live in the West Gulf Coastal Plain, apparently.
  • How bees make honey, why the Berlin Wall was built, and the methods of drawing anime.
  • That watching my kid make discoveries is one of the coolest things I get to do.

Happy Weekend, friends! Get outside and enjoy it.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Awe, what an awesome post! Our children really do teach us so much about not only ourselves, but life in general. Thanks for sharing! (your son sounds pretty great by the way!)