James has been saying some great things recently and most of it when we visited our friends Gregg and Ralph a few weekends back. What happens in Canada only stays in Canada if you are 21 or older.
1. While waiting for DVD previews to end, he asked repeatedly when “Loosefoot” was going to start. Note: the Footloose re-boot isn’t nearly as good as the original. nobody can hold a candle to Kevin Bacon’s take on small-town teen angst.
2. We celebrated Gregg’s birthday with family. The gathering was quite large, so James and Gregg’s nephew wound up at ‘the kids’ table. James came down with a serious case of hero-worship. They had quite a long discussion on many topics like addition and subtraction, the ABCs, and the value of practice and homework. James asked Scott, a sophomore in college majoring in bio-nanotechnology and physics, to ask his mother to work with me on setting up a play date. James still reminds me occasionally about this.
3. Scott and James also discussed pets. Scott asked James if we had a dog. James answered, “yes but he died.” Scott said that was sad and asked what happened, James answered, “my parents burned him.” Scott was rather surprised, and while trying to come up with a response, James matter-of-factly assured him that “we had the ashes somewhere.”
James tells us and other people crazy things with the quiet confidence that comes from being an imaginative six-year-old. But, he’s also getting so grown up. He’s on the cusp of being able to read, and is doing basic addition and subtraction. He thinks Lady Gaga is wonderful and sings the hook from “Born this Way” in the car. He’s still afraid of the dark, and frequently climbs into bed with us at night, but he is within 2 feet of being as tall as I am.