My Justus, who is 7, started collecting dryer lint. He had a handful that he put into a 13 gallon garbage bag, so you can imagine it was basically empty. After having it set around for several weeks, I tossed the lint and used the bag. Well you know how it is. As soon as you toss something, they think of it.
Of course that is what happened with Justus – he went looking for it. I had to tell him that I had thrown it away and since I thought he wanted it to build fires I told him that he could always just go and get some out of the dryer when he needed it. That’s when he informed me that that wasn’t what he wanted it for…
And now… a short pause from our story as we show you another slice of life here at the ranch.
(Justus teaching Audrey how to shoot a slingshot.)
Just take this part and…
pulllll it baaaack, baaaack, a little further baaaack…
and then LET IT GO!
(and fall down )
Okay. Back to our story, Justus told me he needed the dryer lint because…
when he’s 20, he’s going to live in the woods. Then just a few minutes later he informed me that he’ll want about 80 bags because he’s going to live in the Antarctic and since there’s no wood he’ll need lots of dryer lint!
Now I believe in encouraging our children in their dreams but seriously folks, I don’t think I can handle 80 bags of dryer lint around here for the next 13 years!
He then added… “Math’s no good for me because I won’t need huge gigantic numbers. I’ll just have a skin here and a skin there… just a couple of skins.”
I was having a lot of fun with this conversation, as you can imagine!
(My modern day Davy Crockett showing up at the Phoenix airport with his coonskin hat on.)
Then with the most serious and sincere face he asked, ”Will you let me leave before I’m 20?”
Awww… isn’t he too cute?
And ooone more short story, I just have to record, if you please.
The other day he said, “I think that Eat That Frog helped me a lot.”
Eat That Frog is an anti-procrastination book that promotes doing the task/job that you find most odious. In other words, eat the big ugly frog you have sitting in front of you – first – before anything else.
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