Writing the date in the activity book at the bank, February 22, 2014, 11:06 a.m.
From Daddy: We had a busy day while Mommy was home sick.
First, to get rid of some loose energy and to avoid the temptation of watching more television, I took him on a brief walk around the block. (He asked to take his bicycle, but I didn’t want to chase him down a decline.) During our walk, he told me that he didn’t like swimming because he hated “sit-jumps.” I made a mental note.
Fascinated by a small rose bush not in bloom on our morning walk, February 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
He stopped at rose bushes and asked to be in a picture with the giant cactus below.
He saw the giant cactus and wanted to be in a picture with it, February 22, 2014, 9:32 a.m.
While the rose bush seemed ordinary to me, he asked me to take a photo of it on our morning walk, February 22, 2014, 9:34 a.m.
When encountered a garage sale and he found a small beach ball that he liked. We returned home for twenty-five cents of his own money so that he could buy it.
After about half an hour to wind down at home (during which I e-mailed his swimming teacher), I took him to the bank. I suggested that it might be fun. “There’s nothing fun at the bank,” he said, but I knew that nifty Kindergarten 2 College program was setting up an event there to encourage families to save and educate them. We also got a couple of activity books for Ga-Ga and Di-Di and an extra bag of information for them.
As we headed toward the car, he told me that we could walk to the bank (Bank of America). Actually, we went to another bank–one with which he wasn’t familiar!
We parked on Irving Street and street walking toward the bank (Citibank). I saw red, white, and blue balloons in the distance and chanted to him, “I spy with my little eye, something fun for kids.” At that moment, we walked past a different bank (Well Fargo) and he told me that we missed the bank. I led him a little further down the block toward the balloons, and they piqued his interest. “Should we go inside and check it out?” He agreed.
Coloring an activity book at the bank, February 22, 2014, 10:56 a.m.
He had fun! He colored in a coloring book with a couple of girls, chatted with the program director and the branch manager, and we obtained some snacks (some juice and “Cheddar Bunnies,” the label of which he was able to read! He wanted to eat the snacks right away, but I told him that he would have to wait; we were going to lunch at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s.
We met up with Ga-Ga, Di-Di, and family at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s backyard. Yeah-Yeah was picking avocados. Then we had lunch, and we took off to swimming class!
Taking the plunge in swimming class, February 22, 2014, 12:35 p.m.
We told his swimming teacher that he didn’t like the sit-jumps. She said, “That’s because he doesn’t want to do them right. He’s like, ‘Screw that!’ ” (which, I should hastily add, has more than an element of truth!).
Floating starfish in swimming class, February 22, 2014, 12:55 p.m.
He said that it was actually because he was afraid of the height. (I didn’t learn that until after I e-mailed her teacher.) The teacher made sure that today he would only sit-jump from the island in the pool, and he had a great lesson!
Chasing the swimming teacher, February 22, 2014, 12:57 p.m.
Four Years Ago
Sitting at his toybox at his grandparents’ house with a piece of bread for breakfast, February 22, 2010, 8:04 a.m.
Five Years Ago
His playing with this spoon allows us to feed him without his using his hands for interference–unless he uses the spoon as a shield!, February 22, 2009, 6:38 p.m.
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7jh7AV_59I for a vintage video)