September 7th, 2006


The Same But Different

So the weather has turned. 70-80 degree days with 40 degree nights and the bite is in the air. The trees are turning yellow and gold and russet, and the kids are climbing in them and shaking down the "dead leaves" as Jet says. He said he was doing the tree a favor as he climbed it this morning while we were waiting for the bus.

"We're early, Jet."

"What does early mean, Mom?"* Jet asked, and peered at the empty stop. "Hey! We're first!"

"That's what it means, Jet. Being early means that we're first."


Then, "Being early is like being late, right Mom?" asked Jet as we crossed the street.

"Kinda, but they're like opposites. Like tall and short are opposites but talk about the same thing."

"Oh." He trotted over to the tree and dropped his backpack. "I like being early, I can climb the tree!"

And up he swung himself on nothing but the strength of his arms and wedging one foot thoroughly in the crotch of the tree. I didn't try to catch him or hold him as I knew he'd be grumpy about that, but my little guy is now climbing trees well taller than him just 'cause the other kids do it too.

* Yes, that does mean that we've probably never been early to anything before, which is why Jet doesn't know the meaning of early... :-)


With the weather turning, all the neighborhood kids have demanded socks as is their right.

*falls over giggling*

Well, they have! Mikayala was the first, asking for new socks because her old ones don't fit her any more, and she said, wisely, "Better make 'em a little big so I can grow some more. I want them to be pink and purple... or... hey, this is pretty!" As she picked up one of the Kool-Aid hanks with purple, blue, green, and bits of yellow. "Can you make 'em out of this?"

"Uhm... sure!"

Miss Macy wanted the fiery "Great Balls of Fire" yarn for her socks but then wanted the Tropical pink, teal, green, and purple Knit Picks hand dyed on-sale yarn as well. I said, "Your mom will have to hand wash 'em if they're from those." Macy just shrugged, "Sure!"

Tanner was surprised when I suggested another pair of orange socks for him, but he was all for it.

Jet says his favorite color is yellow and he loves the Big Yellow Taxi yarn, but he saw my Twist and Shout and now he wants socks out of that, too; but when he saw the Ain't No Mountain High Enough he said, "Eehh, those are girl colors."

Now I'm afraid to show it to Macy and Mikayla. *laughter*