So, I’m trying to blog more and a few fun little unexpected things happened today when I least expected it that I thought would be fun to share.
Earlier in the day at co-op: Joseph’s and William’s friend Sam was given a choice by his mother halfway through co-op to either stop and go to another park day that he enjoys or stay and play with William and Joseph at co-op. He thought about it for a minute and said, “They’re rough (pointing at William and Joseph). The ones at park day are (and he extended his hand and gestured so-so to mean “a bit soft”).” Then he indicated with a “duh” face at his mother that it was a no-brainer decision; he’s staying to play with William and Joseph. I had to laugh out loud at this because how many of us would consider it a bad thing to have “rough boys?” First of all, they are, and when they are with other “rough boys,” they don’t seem all that rough because it works. If they are with the so-so soft boys, then they look more rough than one would be comfortable. It’s all about the fit!
Later in the evening, William and Joseph are playing their fishing video game. As has been the case more often these days, they were playing cooperatively and kindly. William came up to me as I was reading other blogs and showed me one of the new lures Joseph had recently bought and declared, “Look what Joe gave me!” I immediately asked Joe, “Why’d you give William one of your new lures?” Joe’s simple reply, “I just want to be a nice brother, mom. Isn’t it good when we’re nice to each other?” To defend myself, I have seen periodically these nice gestures one moment, in their heat of cooperation, just to be rescinded during a more common time of contention. But guess what? I have to keep allowing them the opportunity for their generosity to one another to stick 🙂