Tuesday, September 2, 2008

When my back was turned....

Usually, when my back is turned, Aaron gets up to all sorts of mischief. He does that even when my back isn't turned so you can imagine what happens when I do have to turn around.

I've blogged before about our morning ritual of checking on my plants and just pottering around the garden. Sometimes, I run into the house to get stuff and when I return, he's usually digging too near my plants or drowning them with too much water. Or worse (remember the rock licking?).

What I normally do is yell out random instructions to him for the few seconds that I can't see him.

"Go look out the gate. There's a dog there."

"Stop digging."

"Don't pour too much water."

"Wear your shoes."

We had a couple of ripe guava this morning and I took them into the house after plucking them off the tree. Imagine my surprise when I came back out again to see this:

He was there muttering to himself and "reading" with his index finger following all the words. He was really concentrating and seemed lost in the paper. I immediately had one of those magical motherhood moments. All at once, I felt surprised, proud and amused. Its funny how something so trivial, and inconsequential to everybody else, brought so much joy to me.

And then he saw me and the moment vanished. At least I managed to get one photo :)


Mike said...

Could he be tired of his mother telling him what to do all day and he's looking for apartments already? Naaa. Actually YOU'LL be looking for apartments for him one of these days.

Nap Warden said...

OMG...reading the paper!

Kellan said...

How cute and so glad he was reading and not licking rocks again - tee hee!

Take care, Amanda - see you soon - Kellan

Bilbo said...

Perhaps you are in a position to kill two birds with one stone...get Aaron reading, AND advance his paper...I mean...potty training...

egan said...

This picture is fantastic. It will bring back some wonderful memories of this moment for decades to come. Well done mom. Well done Aaron for wanting to learn about the world around him.