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The hunt for the mark continues…or all about Nathaniel

For whatever reason, I love to hear my kids mispronounce things. I try to teach them tongue twisters, I let them listen to songs like “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and then I just throw words at them that I know they’ll mangle. We laugh ourselves silly because the more they laugh the worse it gets…and then we laugh some more. On our way back from the Children’s Cancer Center this week we got on the kick where I told them cancer terms, names of different types, medications, yada yada yada….and Nathaniel just stared at me like I was making this stuff on the fly…like I could just pull the word Rabdomyosarcoma out of my hat.

I finally gave up, he decided I was terminally insane and we let it go at that.

I don’t even remember how we got on the subject or why I was throwing spelling words at him….I mean, it is summer after all…but I told him to spell Chrysanthemum.

“Stop throwing those cancer words at me, Mom!”

“It’s a flower, Nathaniel.”

“Well…whatever…little words, Mom…little ones….stop showing off.”

I would also like to let everyone know that DAILY Nathaniel checks his armpit for the MARK OF MANHOOD. Every time we get in the truck he pops down the vanity mirror, pulls up his shirt and inspects for a random stray hair…heaven forbid there be a dog hair stuck to the inside of his shirt one day, I’m sure he’ll demand the car keys and an apartment. I’m tempted to glue some scrap pieces of yarn to his pit and see what happens when he wakes up one day. Pete and I have even tossed around the idea of just using a Sharpie to draw in some armpit hairs so he’ll let it go.

For this I shared my body for 9 months. I love being a parent.


5 Comments on “The hunt for the mark continues…or all about Nathaniel”

  1. #1 Penny Hawkins
    on Aug 16th, 2007 at 7:11 am

    You crack me up woman!!! I love having you as a friend. Penny

  2. #2 Angela
    on Aug 16th, 2007 at 8:38 am

    How did Nathaniel get such beautiful teeth?
    You, dear sister make me laugh and have to much time on your hands. Whick I know is so not true.
    The girls started on Monday, Rosie thinks 1st grade is way to long each day.
    Love ya,

  3. #3 Lorrin Wagner
    on Aug 16th, 2007 at 8:53 am

    It does appear he has the same smirk as a baby as he does now, perhaps his sense of humor started very young? Great pictures!

  4. #4 dug
    on Aug 17th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Armpit hair makes it more difficult to make rude armpit noises.

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