Hey Soul Sister

Ah sweet sleep…Konnor actually slept in a little bit, not getting out of bed until close to 7:30. At times he’s up at 6 or 6:30 so this was a nice change. And he’s so snuggly in the mornings. Just wants his “milky” if he hasn’t already had it, otherwise a bowl of dry cereal will do. Then he makes sure you sit down in the Daddy chair (the recliner) and he climbs on your lap. It’s a precious routine that I wouldn’t change for the world. Konnor is so busy playing with this, running around for most of the day, that to sit for half an hour all cozy with my arms around him is such a delight I just can’t really put it into words.

And, of course, when we’re that close to each other we do the “forebender” game. You touch various parts of the face with a little jingle “forebender, eye winker, Tom tinker, nose dropper, mouth eater, chin chopper, and then you wiggle your fingers under the other person’s chin while saying “gully, gully, gully, gully, gully.” And the other person laughs and enjoys getting gentle tickled. This is an old family game that all little ones really seem to enjoy.

After breakfast it was time to get dressed, brush teeth, and make beds. Konnor definitely isn’t great at the bed making stuff, mostly jumps on the bed or hides under the covers, but each Monday we spend time doing it so he gets in the habit. Apparently, doing all this put him in a great mood – a kind of singing/dancing mood. He grabbed a little wooden bat about 12-15 inches long, and began at first to use it like a microphone. Soon, it became his drum stick. Walking over to his wooden stepping stool, he began pounding out some tunes. And singing…but I could hardly believe my ears when he lets out a very happy “Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister, on the radio, stereo…mumble, mumble, mumble, I don’t want to miss a single thing you do tonight.”

What??? Did he just sing a pop song with most of the words? Where did he learn it? Who knows. But he knew most of the words and was grooving with his drumstick in nearly perfect timing and with just about all of the correct words. My grandkid…cracks me up big-time!

When I see a memory like that (where he can hear some lyrics and remember them) I just want to protect it from corruption and help him use it for lots of good things: like learning school work, hearing about God’s love, developing positive character traits, learning another language. I think kids this young absorb, absorb all day long. Sometimes they have understanding, but many times they don’t. They hear, remember, use. What a precious opportunity to speak good things into a child’s life, things they’ll come to believe, and take confidence in: you are beautiful, God created you for a purpose, with God’s help there’s nothing you can’t do, you are destined for great things, etc.

After this great start to the day, we were off to Mimi & Me class. After several weeks now I can safely say 90 minutes is WAY too long for an active two year old. Konnor handles the 10 minutes of music but then really has no more in him than another 5-10 minutes for the craft, and after a 10 minute snack break, he has only about 5 minutes for story time. He knows what’s waiting outside and is definitely in a rush to get there – the playground! I must have taken 6 or 7 videos of him playing this week because he was just so cute and because he loves to watch playback of himself having a good time.

We ended the day with a long nap which was very nice for this tired Mimi. It also gave me time to visit with his equally precious mommy when she arrived home from work. Kate is just a few weeks away from delivering Callan which means soon we’ll have another little one joining our Mondays. So for now, I dote on Konnor and Kate, anxiously awaiting the arrival of yet another little one to love.

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