One of my favorite things about writing to Whitney each week is the emails she gets from John. He sends such lovely spiritual things, but he also includes some of the funny things he remembers about what the children say or do in the week. It's makes me laugh each week and often they are conversations that have happened when I'm not around.
As this is their record, my children, I've decided to include those silly things here. It might not mean as much to you and you might not think it's funny unless you know our children's individual personalities or John's, but they are delightful and I don't want to forget.
"Two great stories from this week (the beginning of January): Last Wednesday I had played tennis and was getting ready to go to work. Mom was taking the kids to school, and they were all out in the car except for Brick who was still fiddling around and saying something about a library book. He appeared not to be in any hurry, so I said, "Brick, if I were you, I would get in that car as quickly as possible." He flashed me a big grin and said, "But you're not me." in that classic Brick pitch and accent."
"Second, because she was sick last Sunday, this was Loaf's first time in sunbeams (the name of a children's class for little people like Loaf). She sat on the first row on the right side in the chair right on the middle aisle. She was crying inconsolably, and one of the leaders asked Dash to come over and sit with her until her teacher got there. Dash sat next to her on the right, put his arm around her, and worked to sooth her fears. Then Brick came and knelt on her left side and gave her a kiss on the cheek, put his arm around her, and also talked to her. I was watching from the hall at the back door. It was the cutest, most happy thing."
From this week's letter:
"One amusing thing is that Rock has become obsessed with Better Homes and Gardens. He reads it at least daily, usually before he goes to bed at night (after one chapter in the scriptures), and he is always rambling on about some helpful tip. Like just barely he was talking about tips for producing good jello, like that when you have small children it is best to let it set up while you are gone from the house so no little people will stick their fingers in it, and there won't be tremors from the children that impact the forming process."
"Mom worries about him reading Better Homes and Gardens, because she hopes he doesn't start talking about cooking tips at school and get teased as a result. Arnold went down to Rock and Tank's room to look for the magazine. It was hidden in between the bed and the wall, like some boys might hide a Playboy. That provides a good perspective. If that is the only thing he considers something that should be hidden, we are on a good path with him."
"Yesterday Brick and Dash were yelling at each other, and Brick yelled, "you better control your actions, or I will throw this at your face." He carried out his threat and threw a toy car right at Dash's face."