Friday, April 20, 2007

Timing the Being of A Red Sky

"Why does the sky be red?", he asked.

I love that he stuck an infinitive "to be " verb in his interrogative. Then, I love that red was the color in question for the sky today. It was only 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but he was satisfied after we briefly discussed the painterly effects of sunsets. I hope, where my children are concerned, I will always answer the out-loud questions of inner ideas. Lucy, well, we will be trying to keep up with her the rest of our lives. Hazel could be the "calm one" of the trio, a home body so-to-speak. But, Seth, he has a wondrous mind. Unusually observant, he can often be found just sitting and very visibly pondering on something. I try to do justice to his curiosity, but this requires time and that is an angle whose repose I've yet to find.

11 comments:

Katy said...

I love the inquisitive comments of 3-4 year olds. It's truly amazing how complex their thoughts already are at such a young age. Pearl asked Claudette why she doesn't chew ice anymore and she replied that her iron wasn't low anymore. Pearl's response was, "That's interesting, isn't it?"

Jenny said...

I think it's so interesting to hear the thoughts of a 3-4 year old. Luke rolls off some pretty funny things.

Isn't it great/crazy all at once to see how three little people are so closely related, but yet so different?

ingrid said...

I too think 3 year olds have the greatest thoughts! Seth has always been a thinker, even when we knew him as a young baby, born just a few days around Ashley's birth.

Just the other day, we found a cocoon and Ashley stated quite frankly, "it's a metamorphasis! It is going to be a beautiful butterfly someday." I had a fun little chuckle at another memorable Ashley quote.

rebecca said...

You are well-suited to mother a thinker.
I love how they all sprout personalities effortlessly, regardless of our pruning efforts.

Amy said...

"the out loud question of inner ideas"...love that. When does life start squashing the "out loud" part, pushing little people to keep it to themselves, to wander in the silent wonder. I worry sometimes (A LOT!) that - in my impatience - I take part in that squashing. Yes, I too, need to find repose in the angles of question upon inside question from the mind of a 3-year-old.

Loved your thoughts...and your littles, well, they're adorable.

Crystalyn said...

he's lucky to have you. perhaps i'll give you a call the next time i'm stumped when my little asks me an outloud question of inner ideas...seems to happen quite often. love those inquisitive minds.

amy m said...

I too have a ponderer and wonder if I will ever do justice to their ever growing thoughts.

Seth is a lucky boy to have a mother who will be able to fullfil his curiosity so beautifully.

You amaze me.

ShawnaB. said...

Yes, you are the perfect mother for a thinker. And for an on the go gal and a calm, homebody too. You are perfect for all of them and I truly think you are a fantstic mother.

Jill said...

You're good to document the ponderings and to enjoy them the way you do.

Kelly said...

I love how they reveal themselves at such an early age.

And like Amy, I worry that I squash sometimes in impatience. I love how you write these thoughs that we all have out in such a beautiful way.

Elizabeth said...

Answer children's questions is one of my favorite parts of being a parent. How amazing that we get to tell them the answers to so many things.