Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Everyday Life: Interpretation

Really, when I asked him to get dressed, I didn't quite mean for this to be the result.

dressed

But that's my oldest -- always imagining and thinking and doing life his own quirky way. You'd think that one creative, quirky, ever-turning brain would totally get the other, that I would be the first to embrace his expressions and dole out plenty of patience for his off-the-beaten path endeavors.

But I've really had to rework my expectations of him, reminding myself to let him be who he was created to be ...

remember that he is his own person.

Sometimes, that's an hourly, day-by-day process.

Like, yesterday, I had two options: I could let myself get all frustrated with him because we were already running late, and he was totally not ready to go or I could embrace him, laugh and gently request him to redress for going out.

Yesterday, I chose the second {it was a good day; I've had plenty where I've chosen the first and regretted it.}

Because it's all a matter of interpretation -- for him and for me.

And I'm learning {slowly}how to interpret, how to embrace that and how to embrace us.

{Yes, his leg holes are in the arm holes, and there is a belt holding up his "pants".}

7 comments:

  1. OMG! That's adorable! He has such a creative and independent thinking mind! Such very good traits!

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  2. That is so cute! I'm glad you could see the funny side of it…I hate when I choose the first too and looking back realize I should have chosen the latter...

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  3. thanks for this reminder; I have to take a lot of deep breaths lately in order to honor who my little man is and not who I think I need him to be when we are running late.

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  4. Your G and my Avalon need to hang out....samey same!

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  5. You gotta love those outside the box thinkers.

    I have been reminded lately that this time with them is so fleeting. I can only hope that I am helping my boys to have wonderful memories of their childhood and that they will still have a desire to hang out with me when they are grown with families of their own.

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  6. I can just tell he thinks he is so funny--and he is! He's a little more creative than my Lily, who thinks just putting underwear on her head is funny. ;)

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  7. I love it. My kids come up with some pretty ridiculous outfits....fairy wings with cowboy boots with superman capes. and we go out in public like that.

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