They did it! Anna did the talking, Joseph reported later, and then he herded them to the side table to glue the stamp on the letter. Of course, a helpful grandmother swooped in to make sure all was performed to perfection. All this, I had the pleasure of watching from my front row seat on my bike, just outside the big glass windows. Then out they came in contained triumph, wide-eyed with success. Anna got to place the letter in the mailbox since it was her letter. Joseph felt sad that he didn't get to, so I said that if he writes a letter, he'll get a chance to mail one as well. He thought of someone to write to, but soon forgot about the whole thing. 慢慢來
- I envy Anna and Lydia's freedom with language. They dare to try all kinds of grammar constructions without a hint of hesitation. I wish I could be that way with Chinese. Lydia's latest: "Mommy, don't ouch your fingers!" She cautioned me as she was shutting the sun roof of our car. I had placed my hand inside to scare them.
Anna, over a year ago: "Mommy, I said it whisperingly!" She told me with triumph. I forget the exact context, but she was pleased with the loophole she had found in one of my commands, so she had to share with me how she had dodged my orders. I think I had told her that she wasn't aloud say something.
- On Saturday, we went to the library across the street, where Anna and Lydia joined the story and crafts activity that they provide every weekend. While Joseph was sitting at the table, doing homework (I accompany him to Chinese class two days a week), he looked at me and declared, "Mom, I am not a homework man; I am not a school man; I am not a crafts man...I'm a sports man." So there you have it. Joseph will pursue a career in tennis. Yup, when I pursued the topic, I found out, he had no interest in soccer, and diminishing interest in basketball. As of a few days ago, it is tennis.
- We were sewing travel pillows yesterday, when a simple object lesson emerged from the measuring and snipping. I cut out one perfectly measured pattern for the pillows, then made sure to use that one to cut the others. I didn't want to use the second pillow that I cut, lest I had not cut it exactly right. The further removed from the original, the more potential for error. It occured to me that the same holds true for the Bible. Measure everything according to its truths. Be careful about relying too heavily on other sources of wisdom which might be copied from a copy of a copy.
- There are tons more tidbits that I wish I could remember. They will have to wait until the next tidbits entry. For now, a few random pictures:
Thanks, Laura! This was the best haircut she has ever had.