Saturday, February 19, 2011

Child #1

I title this Child #1 not because she is my favorite, not because she the front runner in everything, but simply because she was simply the first. The first child, the first girl, the first set of big blue eyes, the first blond bombshell to enter my life. And what a doosey that #1 was.
I know every parent is blessed with children that every now and then will say things putting them in stitches with laughter. Our #1 is very good at that, which is why I post many of her "moments". I never want there to be a day when I say, "I just wish I could remember all those little funny things." Today is one of those days...

This family has never had cable, and has always sported for the ever-beautiful rabbit ears for the past ten years in an attempt to save money. (Correction, last year when living in OH we did get crazy and bought into the $12 cable package...I know, pretty wild, huh?) Anyhow, now that we are in a place in life when we no longer have other financial obligations, Adam has rewarded the family with the purchase of cable television. I'm talking THE. BIG. PACKAGE.
Well, in the midst of sorting through the children's channels, Emma and I have stumbled upon channel 114 called Boomerang. Those of you out there that know your cable are well aware this channel features old cartoons...or shall I say old-er. I find it so entertaining to see the Smurfs, Pop-eye, Yogi Bear, Tom and Jerry, the Jetsons, and a whole slew of my childhood favorites. Better yet, I find it entertaining that my daughter is choosing these over the Disney channel! She loves these shows!

Yesterday, Emma and I were watching. When explaining to her how Pop-Eye was going to get stronger when he ate his spinach, she asked how I knew that. Proudly I was telling her about how I watched these shows when I was a kid. Her response:
"WhhHHAAaaT?!?! You had Boomerang when you were a kid???!?!"

I had to laugh. If only Emma could see the big TV that sat on the floor and had two ginormous knobs on it...the top knob stayed on a single digit number, the bottom knob you turned around to the THREE (yes only three) major networks...it was a slug to turn...thug, thug, thug. ...and only had cartoons on Saturday morning?!?! Whoa. So, no Emma there wasn't Boomerang when I was a kid. But boy, was Saturday morning in front of that big box on the floor pretty cool.

Another story from my #1...
We listen to K-love Christian Radio in the car on the way to and from her school. She has been learning many of the songs and enjoys singing along with them. One in particular is Chris Tomlin's, "I will Follow." The lyrics are of such:
Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you I will follow you

After singing along with this one, Emma informs me from the back seat, "Mom, I think I know who this song is talking about." How exciting to hear her say that because there is nothing better than your child learning and understanding about the great works of our Savior! She continues...

"At first I thought it was written about Hope and me because as she gets older she is going to do whatever I do, but I don't think that is what it is really about." Shew...okay, now I'm thinking she's gonna get it, right? And so she continues...

"But now I figured out it is really about Hope and Hank, because you know she is going to follow and chase him forever because she really likes grabbing his tail."

I sure do think Jesus has to be up there smiling and just chuckling away. And a part of me thinks He doesn't mind at all that Emma has interpreted that song in her own way.

Thank you Emma Lillie. Thank you for having such a free spirit. Thank you for sharing that free spirit with me...I treasure every single moment. Every. single. one.
xoxo

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