Saturday, January 17, 2009

One Conversation About Three Things

Quinn and I attended the birthday party of one of his classmates today. There were games, friends, snacks, goody bags, and a piñata. A few hours later in the car, Alex asked Quinn how the party was.

Quinn, without missing a beat: "It was great. Candy fell on my head."

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Listening to us talk about the birthday party, Jack asked, "Do I have a party?" I answered that he didn't. He followed up with, "Does Martin?" I asked if Martin was in his class at school.

He said, "No. Martin Luther King."

So now we're having a birthday party for Martin on Monday. I'm serving cake.

Jack spontaneously said, "I want to give speeches." (Which, gah!? You might realize that this is an amazing want for Jack to express.)

Then, Alex: "What did Martin Luther King give speeches about?"

Jack: "His dreams."

Yes, he did, Jack.

*****

Then Sam piped up with, "Do you know what is special about Barack Obama?"

Stimey: "Is it that he's the first African-American president?"

Sam: "He's the first black president! C'mon! You should have thought of that!"

Then this amazing conversation concluded with some wise words from Sam: "Being different is great!"

I'm going to hold him to that.

14 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful conversation! YM

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  2. Our boys are growing up in a far different world than we did. May it be blessed.

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  3. Wonderful! Sounds like a real hep party...wish we could be there...especially for the speech part!

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  4. The coolest part is the party and Jack wanting to give speeches about his dreams (well, I assume so since that's what MLK did, right?). I want to be there for that. Well, and the cake, too. (You're not actually cooking it are you? I mean, no offense but I've seen some of your posts about you cooking and well...)

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  5. LOL! Did you wait to bop Alex on the head till you were alone?

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  6. Smart little guys you've got there! The MLK conversation reminded me of this episode of This American Life (the first act after the intro) http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=188.

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  7. sounds like an awesome party to have...with more meaning than the party we through for E's Care Bear (yes, I even made a cake and all the stuffed animals attended). The things we mommies do for our kids. What a wonderful thing you are doing, to go with their interests and make it into a valuable experience. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  8. Can we come to the party????
    L

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  9. Jean,

    Your kids are just the awesomest!

    Leeann

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  10. That's awesome! Enjoy the cake and your celebration!

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  11. I can't think of a better way to celebrate MLK day. What a great conversation to have with the kids.

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  12. Out of the mouths of babes . . .

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  13. Loved this conversation, you got me engaged to it, thanks for such nice topic!

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