Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Here's To A Year Of Four-Year-Old-Isms

And how they have helped me remember why it is important to be present in every moment.

Watching him out the back window, his hair matted to his head from the rain as he dipped his wand in the bubbles, and blew. After a couple of minutes, he saw me, he smiled and mouthed the words I love you while he gave me the sign in sign language.

Tucking him into bed one night and pressing "play" as his Mary Pope Osborne book on CD started to play. His eyes got big. He sucked in a deep breath, then said, “I love this one! It makes my heart beep and beep right out of my chest!”

Walking into my office while I was “in the zone” and dumping an armful of leaves onto my desk and computer. He had collected them especially for me.

Telling me one day that Happy + Sad = Purple.

Riding in the car one day and he said, “Look at those pretty clouds up there. I want to get one for you, but it’s too high for me to climb.”

“Mom I have a bloody nose and there’s blood on it. But that’s okay, I just ate it."

"Mom, will you marry me?"

Telling him I had to get beautiful before we went to church he said, "But, you already are beautiful." Then he whistled at me as I came out of my room in make up and a dress.

Bowing his head to pray before dinner, he started, “Once upon a time…” Then went on to tell the most fantastic story about a bunny, then ended it “amen.”

Telling the boys to use the bathroom before we left. I had to ask him three times, and on the third time he pleaded, “Mom, I can’t because I’m all out of pee!”

Asking me, “Is a male a boy?” I said "yep." Then he asked, “Is an email a girl?”

Telling me, “Mom, I love you more than my lego set.”

When asking him how the circus was he replied: “The clown hates me.”

Laying down on my bed due to a severe headache. He came into my room and said, “Mom, I can make you feel all better, just like you make me feel better when I’m sick.” Then he took his little hand and put it on my forehead. "See, don't you feel better now?"

Dum Vivimus, Vivamus
While we live, let’s live


Brodi Ashton said...

I loved this post. Sorta like "Our Town". You have to recognize the beauty of everyday life.

Bo and Nell said...

AWESOME! What a fun little boy!!!!

Carla said...

This is the most adorable thing I have ever read! It takes me back to when my twins were that age, and the amazing things they came up with every day. It's good to be reminded to cherish each moment!

Leeann said...

Good point, Brodi. I hadn't thought of that! Thanks for all your kind words!

Camille said...

so so cute! love it!

Alli E. said...

So sweet! I love four year olds!!

Trish said...

A sweet reminder...

sandy said...

I love it!!! I've been trying to stay present in the moment lately too... I love what little ones say!!

BTW, thank you so much for your encouraging words a while back. I was browsing through your old posts and found you'd responded to one of my comments... thanks... I really needed it!

june said...

I just finished your book, I could not put it down!!
What a testimony of intense love and hope. I was so inspired by your story, we have a son who just turned 5 and was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome 3 weeks ago. So we now begin our journey with Autism, my hope and prayer is that our son will also have no remanent of this dark disease. My heart is heavy but like you I will NEVER GIVE UP ON MY SON! Thank you for all that you do for the greater cause of our precious gifts from God.

Leeann said...

June - I really appreciate your sweet words. I'm so glad my book inspired you. That's exactly why I wrote it. Thanks so much for letting me know. Give your five-year-old a hug from me. I'll be rooting for you!!

Melissa said...

That's what it is all about. Very sweet.