11 August 2011

Memories of Childhood & an Interruption

While we were on vacation, during some much needed veg-time, my three year old son said to me, "Dad, I love the way you talk." My heart melted. Compliments are good, and I'll take them from anyone as long as they're genuine. But spontaneous remarks from my little boy top anything I can think of.

I was in the middle of this post when my above-mentioned son said:
--Let's have a meeting.
--What kind of meeting?
--A meeting about obeying and disobeying.

Then he said:

--Let's pray about football a lot, and baseball, Jesus, disobeying, obeying (love the order there), letters, lights, trees, Jesus - that he died on the cross for our sins, windows, bricks, walls, boxes, chairs, wheels on our car, ceiling...(thoughtful pause)

--What about people you can think of?
--Daniel, Wes, Tim, (my brother), Momma, scrapes...
--Um-hm, fingers, hands, arms, head, feet, legs, diapers, shorts, undies, shirts - you're typing all the things that I said?
--Papa! You're typing so well!

At that point, he started climbing on me, so the meeting ended. Interruptions like that are the best...

So, to pick up where I left off: "spontaneous remarks from my little boy top anything I can think of." And they are. The main reason they're the best is because of the unblemished love he has for me - and I can say that because I remember having those same feelings for my dad when I was a boy.

I remember visiting my dad at his office and trying to time my breaths with his. In my little-boy head, I wanted to be exactly like my dad, even to the point of breathing in and out at the same time for the rest of the day.

I remember wanting to sit close to him so that I could look at his hands, look at his face, and look at the way he did things so I could do exactly the same thing. Now, when I receive comments from my son like that, about the way I talk, it makes me want to build on every moment I can to his advantage.  I want to see the love in his eyes, receive it, and fully express my love for him.

I want to gush love to him.

May it be so.


Amy Strella said...

You don't know me but I used to work with your Mom at the library and she suggested (quite proudly!) that I should stop in and check out your blog. I'm so glad I did! I very much enjoyed this post and was, if only briefly, taken back to similar moments with my own kids. Such wonderful times! Of course, now my children are grown up or teenagers and I have fallen from the 'coolest person in the world' to the 'oldest and most un-coolest person in the world'. I'm currently biding my time till they all grow up a little, realize that they don't really know as much as they think they do, and lift me back into my 'cool' or at least 'wise' status once again.

Good luck on your book and if your posts are any indication, I'd say you must have a well-written book you are peddling! I'll be checking in from time to time...keep writing!!

Man O' Clay said...

Thanks for stopping by Amy. Thanks for the comments, and for any future visits!

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