Thursday, August 13, 2015
#1 - Seeing my niece excited to actually "swim" because she knows she can do so now while wearing a life jacket.
#2 - Making up a song about the gifts my friend's child got for his birthday - carrots, mushrooms, a heavy watermelon that he had to roll all the way home and ice cubes.
#3 - Sitting quietly beside the sweet man on the banks of the Mississippi river while we watched the waterski show.
#4 - How my niece ran up to hug that man's youngest child when they arrived.
#5 - That he didn't buy his kids a foam sword (the souvenir of sorts at the waterski show). I doubt he realized it, but I would have had serious concerns if he did. I do not want to spend my time around children who expect to be bought things everywhere they go. You would think my niece was one of those children based on the way she insisted, no demanded, I buy her one. However, I know my brother is not that type of parent so I guess she was just practicing her leadership skills.
Which reminds me of a gratitude a while back. My niece was being commanding and my brother said, "Are you practicing your leadership skills?" Apparently he heard a story like I did, that when girls elicit such behavior they are often called bossy but when boys do so they are seen as leaders.
(Photos are still from Asheville, NC - Craggy Gardens to be specific).