Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Listen Up, Mom --- Time For Another Lesson

Alexis gathered up her coloring book and box of crayons - walked into my bedroom, sat down on the floor (I do love how all children love to sit on the floor) and spread her art supplies out in front of her.


I was lying on my bed, propped against my comfy pillows - watching Entertainment Tonight.


She says, "Mom --- What's your favorite thing in the whole world?"



Now ... at my age - I have known A LOT of things.



I must have encountered a gazillion things - over the course of these past many years.



Things --- I can't begin to list all the things I love and then analyze that list of things and then pick a favorite thing from that list - come on! It would take me months - a year even - to tackle this project!



I gaze down at my little darling daughter and I say, "What do you mean - thing?"



She is busy coloring - choosing her crayons carefully and she says, without looking up at me, "Like noun. What is your favorite noun?" she pronounces the word noun with a BIG OW in the middle - you know - nOW-un.



The word bounces around in my old brain for a minute and then I say, "Noun? What do you mean - nOW-un?"



Now she looks up at me and she gets a wrinkled look on her face and she says, "You don't know what a nOW-un is?" she giggles. "Person, place or thing," she offers in her most authoritative teaching voice.



"Oh," I smile. Then I simply say, "YOU."



She raises her big brown eyes and she smiles. She says, "I was guessing you would say that. Then she says, "What is the nOW-un that you hate the most?"



"The desert," I answer, without giving it much thought.



"Why," she is curious.



"Because it is hot and I'd hate to be left out in the desert without water - it just seems like an awful place."



"What about bears," she growls like a bear. "They can eat you - scare you. What about bears?"



"I'm okay with bears," I say.



"Know what my favorite nOW-un is?" she asks.



"No - what is it," I roll over and lie on my side so I can see her clearly.



"God," she answers easily. "And Jesus," she keeps on coloring.



"Yes - mine too," I say. "I forgot about God ... He's my favorite nOW-un too."


On the upside ... Just about the time I am pretty sure I know a little bit about just about everything ... a tiny girl comes into my room, sits down on the floor with her coloring book and crayons and teaches me a thing or two about English and ... a life time or two about how simple it is to list the most important and most favorite .... nOW-un ... of all.

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60 comments:

tammy said...

Isn't it amazing the things our little ones can teach us? I always think they are more in tune with God because they were with him a lot more recent than we were. They don't have so much "life" filling their little heads.

Sweet girl, that Alexis.

mamajil said...

This was great!! Sounds like you have an awesome little girl!

Brenda said...

Wouldn't things be so much simpler if we could see them all through the eyes of a child?

Donna said...

pretty smart little girl you have there.

katy said...

A perfect example of the saying "out of the mouth of babes." Sometimes I think they are wiser than we are.

Ashlee said...

Don't you love warm and fuzzy moments? :0) She sounds like she's got a good head on her shoulders...head smart and heart smart. Good stuff!

Brittany said...

aw aw aw! That is so sweet!!!

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

So sweet. I love it when they just catch you off guard with deep statements like that.

dani said...

awwwe, kellan... it sounds to me like alexis likes to get dressed up on sunday morning so that she can go learn about her favorite nowun:D what a sweetheart!!!
love,
dani

Rachel said...

Oh that darling creature!!

Kelsey said...

Aww that is too sweet!!

Joanna said...

They say to have a child-like faith and wow is it humbling when they get it faster than we do.

Mamarazzi said...

beautiful!

Natalie said...

Awww...she's a sweetheart!

MamáChanga said...

*Sigh* That just made my heart melt.

What beautiful children, both outside, but more importantly, inside, you have raised.

Hugs & Blessings!

JCK said...

I loved the details in this story, Kellan! Our children are the biggest teachers of all. And that Alexis is special!

Amanda said...

Alexis is just so sweet Kellan.
l,
Amanda xxx

Jacki said...

Very sweet story! I do have one question. How are you able to sit in bed and watch TV? I rarely get a moment to sit on the couch and watch TV!

Belle said...

Out of the mouths of babes...

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Ah, yes....leave it to a child to simplify things!

pb&j in a bowl said...

That might be one of the sweetest things I've heard in a long time. Isn't it just like a child to remind us of what's really important.

Nadine said...

That is one smart little girl.

Monogram Queen said...

"Out of the mouth of babes"....

Love it Kellan! She's a keeper!

Courtney said...

Sweet old Alexis.

Kathryn said...

Smart, smart girl.

Amy said...

Amen!
Out of the mouths of babes.:)

Dawn said...

What a sweetheart!

Janet said...

Brilliant, she is. And a lovely storyteller you are, my dear. Just lovely.

Marie said...

Sometimes, it takes a child to remind us whats really important.

Thanks for sharing...

truth said...

Oooohhh, my favorite noun too!

Anonymous said...

How precious. I believe you have a little girl that you may never have to worry about. She's got the major part of life and eternity covered. Just keep encouraging. Great job, Kellan. Thanks for sharing. Margie

Amanda said...

How precious! What a smart cookie you have for a daughter.

Kel said...

Kids...sometimes their insight is amazing. Leave it to them to get straight to the point of it.
~K

Marmarbug said...

I love Alexis stories. She is wise beyond her years!!!

suz said...

Yes, we can learn a lot from our kids. What a gem she is.

girlytwins said...

She really is the sweetest thing (nOW-on)

Denise said...

Very sweet! What a blessing.
Denise

Sally said...

God love her! So sweet. :)

Kaci said...

Awhhh that was so sweet! God bless her!

bren j. said...

Geez. leave it to a little girl to make us all REMEMBER.

just wanted to also let you know that hey, i haven't forgotten about your blog...i'm just so behind with being on vacation. :) Hope you're doing really well, Kellan!

another good thing said...

Can you be my favorite pronoun? You are too sweet.

Crystal D said...

Oh Kellan, it take my breath away when kids say things like that. You know, it is so hard to tell what sticks in their minds. And it is so lovely that sometimes they get it more than we expect them to. It really makes the 2 hours I serve every other week in the Sunday school class worth so much when I know that kids are getting it.

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

That is so sweet and special. Out of the mouths of babes.


Have a great day,

Kami said...

What a smart girl! What a great lesson for us all...Thanks for sharing Kellan :)

Are You Serious! said...

♥ What a sweet girl! :)

Tabitha said...

She sure is one sweet little cookie!
love and hugs XXXX

Journey of Truth said...

Gorgeous story! Love it!!

Amanda said...

AW!!! She sounds like such a sweet girl. And smart too!!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Wow, what a heartwarming post. Out of the mouths of babes.... What a sweet mother-daughter moment.

Sandra Carvalho said...

Children see and know more then we do.
For instance:if there's a glass of water on top of the kitchen counter that will be all that us(adults) will see, but a child will see more than that...Will question it and see beyond our reasons.
They are a bless.
xoxo

Donna said...

You taught her well sweetie!hughugs

bichonpawz said...

That little Alexis....she really knows her stuff!!! Good goin' Mom!!

Valarie said...

I think this may be my favorite of all of your posts I have read....

Kelly said...

That is so sweet.She is a smart little girl!

Michelle said...

Isn't it nice to get an acknowledgement that you're raising a great kid? Sometimes you forget, and then they do something like this. Nice going!

Leah said...

what a doll!

Elaine A. said...

The faith and innocence of children just amazes me. Love this story Kellan...

Jennifer said...

she sure is a smart and sweet little girl. you are so blessed. :)

xoxoxox

Jaina said...

Aww, give her a hug for me. What a sweetheart.

Karen said...

Hi- just posting my viewpoint on children liking to sit on the floor.
I did too as a kid-
and in my thirties I still do!!
Of course kids don't worry about sitting properly at social functions, or about posture, or back pains or stiff hips-
but they are also too small too fit furniture made for the adult frame-
and at 4'11" I kind of am too.
The floor? It is often much more comfortable than a chair made to fit someone taller.

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