Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Things I Don’t Want to Forget

  • I truly believe that you children become what you tell them they are.  I love the saying from the book “The Help” where Aibileen tells Mae Mobley, “You are kind, you are smart, you are important.”  We say that often at our house as our family motto.  During the first week of 1st Grade Francesco had to write about himself, and this is what he wrote: I am 6 years old, I am an artist, I am kind, I am smart, I am important.  When he told me about it I almost cried. It goes to show that they are listening and my words do stay with them.
  • One night as I was putting them down to bed we recited our motto.  I usually phase it in a question like, “You are?” So I said to Nicolò, “you are?” he said “kind”, I then said “you are?” he said “smart” then I said, “and you are?” he said, “acceptable!”  I love this kid.  He is very acceptable and important.
  •  I get asked for a lot of things every morning, from where's my milk to can I have cookies for breakfast. My favorite request one morning came from Francesco, who just wanted to "snuggle for a minute."
  • One time Francesco sneezed and no one said "bless you" so he got upset.  I told him that I "blessed him 100 times" so that if no one was around or no one said "bless you" he had my blessing.  He came to me the other day as said he need more cause his 100 blessings ran out. I am really not all that surprised he was keeping track.
    •  Nicolò was looking at a book at Francesco's piano teachers house that was written in Chinese.  I asked him if he could read it his reply was, "No, it's in Spanish." Then one day he was singing the song Gangham Style which has Korean words and I asked, "what are you singing?" his reply was, "I don't know, it's Spanish."  If he doesn't recognize a language it's automatically Spanish to him.
      • Gave Francesco a kiss one day and he then appeared to be wiping it off. I said, "Why are you wiping off my kiss?" His response was, “I’m not, I am just spreading it around."
      • I asked Francesco to go ask his Dad how to wirelessly connect the PlayStation Controllers, first answer was: "put in new batteries". That did not help, so I sent him back to ask again. Second answer Francesco came back with was: "Google it".
      • Asked Nicolò what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said, "in Kindergarten".  I said no I mean when you are a real grown up, he said, "a Daddy."
      • According to Francesco if you want to get married you have to go to the city, find a girl that will be your friend, hopefully fall in love and then she will ask you to marry her.  I was curious as to why he had to go to the city, his reply was, "that's where all the marrying girls will be."  Good to know!
        • One evening asked Francesco what his favorite part of the day was? His reply, "right now, because you got home." Am I a lucky woman or what?!



          2. I love this. I was actually first moved by the movie version of "The Help" because Aibileen's love for Mae Mobley is highlighted beautifully. I was then inspired to read the book, which I also loved. In the book we see that Aibileen is teaching Mae Mobley about humanity and goodness, and that they are all the same, no matter what color. That is lost in the movie.

            Yet, it was the movie version that had my husband and I in tears, sobbing tears, when Aibileen says this right before she has to leave Mae Mobley.

            I love that you make a point of saying it to your children often. I say it to my twins, but not enough... Not enough... You have now inspired me to say it every day. Thank you.

          3. oh I am loving this!!! :) so super cute~

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