Something tells me it’s time for more learning at home—vocabulary class and more scripture reading, apparently.
The other day we were driving and passed a panhandler holding a sign. I was driving and didn’t read the sign, but Elisa did. She said, “Yeah, right. I bet he doesn’t even have a pet.”
“What do you mean? I asked.
“His sign said ‘Vet needs money, homeless’ and I don’t think he even has a pet.”
“Do you know what vet means?”
“Sometimes, but this time it is short for veteran.
“Oooooohhhh.” (Yes, she did know what that meant.)
Crazy thing is, we passed the same man yesterday and he actually had a dog with him. Maybe it was money for the veterinarian.
Then, believe it or not, just minutes after that, another clue that I’m not teaching as much as I thought. For some reason, Sabrina has always loved going over railroad tracks so since she was young, she would always say, “Thank you, Mommy” every time we went over them, as if I went out of my way to do it for her. Well after seeing the man above, we were driving when the car ahead of us slowed down to less than 5 miles an hour to go over the railroad tracks that crossed the road. I mentioned how slow the car went over the railroad tracks. Then we went over them. Elisa said, “Sabrina, you didn’t say ‘Thank you, Mommy.”
Sabrina said, “Yeah. That’s because Mommy said they are railroad tracks. I like train tracks.” So now she knows they’re the same thing.
Then for the scripture study…Do you remember Elisa’s Shakespeare comment? She still thinks that scriptures and Shakespeare are similar (kinda are since we don’t speak like either of them any more). We were talking and Alex quoted a scripture. Elisa nonchalantly said, “Shakespeare” like she knew it. When we told her it was a scripture she just laughed and decided next time to assume it was scripture. Yeah, we don’t do a whole lot of Shakespeare quoting here.
The last example involves one of my strange habits. I don’t know why, but I sometimes break out into song at home. It’s not something I do in front of most people even if they already suspect I’m a bit odd (even though I’ll tell you about it), but I do it in front of my children all the time. For some reason I started singing “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” while I was cooking when Elisa was helping me. She asked me, “Which Article of Faith is that?” Luckily, she has a good sense of humor and doesn’t get mad at people laughing at her, and even joined in laughing when I told her it was from the Declaration of Independence.
Kids are good at reminding you of the things you’re not doing quite right, but they sure bring a lot of laughs!