During our church's VBS a few weeks ago, I dressed up as Peter the disciple after a couple days of dressing up as the lifeguard, Manatee Mindy. When the 3rd graders walked in, they started saying, "Hi, Manatee Mindy." I corrected them and said, "Oh, Manatee Mindy isn't here today. My name is Peter the disciple." Several of the kids responded with, "Hi, Peter", but Christopher raised his hand and said, "Hi, person with a confused gender."
Last Thursday I was sitting with Christopher while he practiced piano, making sure that he was practicing correctly and not skipping any assignments. After he finished his last song, I told him it was time to practice his drills. He said, "I was hoping that you'd let me skip the drills since I played that last song perfectly." Feeling sort of tiger-motherish, I said, "Christopher, your Chinese mother is not going to let you take short cuts. You need to learn the Chinese work ethic." He paused for a moment and then said, "The way I see it, all that work creates a lot of pollution in China." I nearly fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard. But I still made him do his drills...
Yesterday after we returned from the pool, Hannah (4) took off her wet swim suit and the proceeded to play in the toy room. Christopher (8) walked into the kitchen and very seriously asked me, "Mommy, why is Hannah playing naked in front of the doll house?" I sighed and said, "Oh, because Hannah is very absentminded." Christopher responded, "It concerns me that she might want to start a nudist colony when she grows up."
This morning I scheduled a doctor's appointment for Mary Grace (2) because she came down with a fever yesterday afternoon and complained of a sore throat. She made it very clear that she didn't want to go to the doctor, so Sarah (6) jumped in to explain, "Mary Grace, they're not going to give you a shot. They're just going to open your mouth and look inside with a flashlight, like this, AAAAAAAAHHHHH...they're not going to take you apart."