Monday, June 27, 2011

On Spontaneity

One morning after pre-school, as a surprise, my daughter drove my 4-year-old grandson to the gym for open play-time.

But when she went to get him out of his car-seat, instead of bopping into the gym for some happy tumbling around on the mats, he burst into tears.

"What's wrong, Phinn?" she said, totally caught off guard by his reaction. "You love tumbling."

He raised his tear-streaked face to her.

"But I wasn't thinking about this," he wailed.

Which leaves me with a couple of questions about how such a trait manifests itself in someone so young:

1) Is it genetic?

2) If so, how did he inherit it from his Step-Grandpa?

Happy Anniversary, Old Dog o' My Heart. Fourteen years of marriage and I've never (seriously) thought about divorcing you (although there were a couple of occasions where I wouldn't have ruled out homicide).


  1. Happy anniversary!

    As to your question, I'm not sure whether it's genetics or just the mysterious 4-year-old brain. Either way, it's a fickle creature.

  2. You continue to put me in stitches, please do not ever stop writing!

  3. Awww...Happy Anniversary & Congratulations to you both!!!


    P.S. I know what you mean about the homicide moments :)

  4. Happy Anniversary!


    I LOVE Phinn! He's darling!

  5. Happy Anniversary!!!
    As for children having inherited character traits, I do believe it.

  6. Happy anniversary!

    My own little man has never been onr for spontaneity. I always figured it was my fault because I love my day planner a little too much.

  7. I am twisting this into my own story, and it includes hubby :)

    Congrats! Did not realize we were on the same year...great minds!

  8. On our latest mini vacation to Niagara Falls, a highlight was the many moments when I saw those little people in strollers; miniature versions of you and me, watching, making eye contact, with discerning concerns about our goofy unsureness. Thanks, God , for showing me that.

  9. Happy anniversary Ms J and Ole Dog. Thoughts of homicide instead of divorce is probably behind lots of long lasting marriages. My wife once threatened to catch me asleep and pour a skillet of hot grease in my ear, but she never mentioned divorce.


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