“Math” really is a dirty word
Either my kids are catching on to things of this world quickly, or I am getting slower.
Apparently, I am still living in a bubble: Our kids are young, sweet and innocent. Once in a while the bubble pops, and I’m reminded that our kids are still kids and they are learning about things I don’t realize.
Last year my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. Our son made us a sweet card. On it he drew a picture of stick figures. One stickperson, representing my husband, was cradling another person, me, in his arms.
The husband stickperson had a thought bubble off to the side. Inside the thought bubble my son drew a basketball.
“It’s a picture of Dad holding you and thinking of basketball!” my son said.
Wow, the kid is a mind-reader!
But, oh, the difference a year can make.
This year our son made us another anniversary card. It was clever and innocent — at first glance.
The front of the card simply reads, “Since Dad is so good at math, here is a problem.”
Inside the card he wrote: “lips + lips = kiss (you should do that)”
While sorting through a pile of papers that have been begging to be put away or tossed, I came across the card and read it again.
But, were my eyes deceiving me? No. After many lectures about erasing completely, my son failed to do so.
Lightly faded underneath the word “kiss” my son had written and then erased — sort of — “make out.”
Make-out! How does he know what that is? But the glaring question really is: How does he know to erase “make out” and write something more appropriate, like “kiss”?
When I asked him about this he just giggled.
“What do you think that means?” I asked him. His reply was nothing of what I was afraid it would be. Whew! Innocence maintained, for now … .
And while I’m looking forward to celebrating 13 years with my husband next spring, I’m hopeful our son will not have to hone is erasing skills any further before then.