Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Older




"I'm just a good running and jumping boy," Jack slaps his knee, stomps a cowboy boot. He clack-clacks up and down the hallway, jumps and stomps, "Running and jumping boy is here," he says and flops onto the couch.

"Jack, shhhh, the baby is nursing," little boy trundles into the kitchen. Daddy flips a pancake and grabs his elbow, "Shhhhh," he says.

"O. K." He tip-tiptoes back on the hardwood, opens both eyes WIDE. "Can I kiss her, Momma?" He pokes her toes, gentle, and strains in loudest whisper, "Can I KISS her?"

I smile, whisper, "When she's done." He tiptoes back to flip pancakes.







Dinner. 14 pancakes, baseball size. Just for me. I love pancakes.

"Thank-you, Momma," Janie says, "Thank-you so much!" I hand her the whip cream, "I just love doing that," she pokes the cream spout, "because it makes me feel older. It's just like pushing on that and the whip cream comes out, makes me feel older." I pass the cinnamon and we shake a puff on top.

Every day, a little older.




11 comments:

Brian Miller said...

big smiles. i love these moments with my boys...older every day...ack. cant we slow it down...

Lauri said...

"i'm just a good running and jumping boy" love it!!

Heather said...

Come run and jump with Oliver, Jack! :)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Hey - I live with somersault and backflip girl! :)

emily wierenga said...

oh, i know, and it breaks my heart, and i beg him, not today--just don't get older, today--but he doesn't listen :) and soon he'll be running and jumping with your jack. but so long as my son's soul matures as your children's have, i take courage... ((thank you so much for linking... my love to you, sister))

Kati patrianoceu said...

What great moments, and what amazing capture of insights from little people. I know we all know we have a lot to learn from them, but we still need stories like yours.

Goat said...

We must make "older" look REALLY good AHAHAHA.

Misty said...

our #4 is on teh way in spring and i foresee this exact conversation/scene. :) of course, i have 3 boys and so they are all one variant of noise and movement and both. and they do, get older, every single day. it's unbelievable that i even have a 4yo let alone 3 more behind! this is a sweet, sweet glimpse

Wandering On Purpose said...

Your posts as you share about your children make me smile, make me pray for a house-full. Today I want to run and jump and make pancakes, too. :)

alittlebitograce said...

i am glad you were able to find the humour in little boy loudness while baby was nursing. sometimes i wonder if my words aren't coming out right, if i don't know how to communicate anymore after saying for the upteenth time "no, you can't do that, your brother is having a nap nurse". :)

Carrie Burtt said...

Bethany i just love this....your family is precious! :-)