Big Boys

Isaac is growing so quickly and becoming a big boy all the time.  He’s finishing up summer school now.  He’s riding a bus and making new friends that I’ve never met. But there are a few things he did yesterday that remind me he’s not that big yet.

1. He can’t tie his shoes.  He has to wear flat laced up shoes to school so I have to tie them 500 times a day.  The other day I asked him to watch me tie his shoes because some day he’s going to need to learn how to do this on his own. He said, “Why?”  I said, “Don’t you want to be independent and be able to take care of yourself one day?”  I think my words were jibberish to him.  I’m pretty sure he’s planning on always letting me take care of him.  I’m not sure I mind…

2. He still hugs his friends.  Yesterday as I picked Isaac up from his bus stop, he had to say goodbye to his new friend Nolan.  So he walked away from me and shyly stood behind Nolan, waiting to get his attention.  When Nolan was finished talking to someone else, Isaac tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Bye Nolan!” and held up his two hands to give him high fives.  Nolan awkwardly slapped one of Isaac’s hands but missed the other.  Then the boys embraced in an awkward hug!  So cute.  I think boys usually quit hugging long before their armpits start smelling.  So we’ve got a few more good years, right?  He can’t fool me.

3. He still doesn’t know how to eat an ice cream cone.  Last night we went to Fritz’s to get some frozen custard (tonight’s West County special is my all time favorite flavor!  Can you guess what it is?).  Isaac ordered one scoop of chocolate on a cone.  His much wiser, younger brother ordered one scoop of chocolate in a cup.  While I’m very proud of Isaac for not being such a follower as he normally is, I wish he would have listened to his brother and ordered a cup as well.  Here’s how it turned out:
Isaac's cone

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  1. Isn’t it funny what we take for granted? I always just assumed that kids knew how to eat ice cream too, but now that I’ve had kids, I found out that they have to LEARN it.
    Jackson still takes the very first bite of his cones directly from the bottom of the cone. NOT the ice cream, the cone! What a mess!

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