This morning, we read Proverbs 16 at the breakfast table, continuing a habit our family has been trying to establish over the last few months. A few moments after we were done, five-year-old Boy #4 asked, “What did all those words mean?”
While pleased that he was interested, yet wanting to actually eat my breakfast, I told him that it would be hard to explain everything without rereading the chapter and that he was free to ask questions during the reading, as his older brothers often do.
Then, we moved on to a new book I bought at Brooks Brothers during my last trip to Charlotte, 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know. The plan is to cover one “Thing” per week over the next year, and today we just read the book’s introduction, which mentioned in passing things such as chewing with your mouth closed (a needed reminder amongst some of the Smith boys) and offering to help pick up the dishes from the table after a meal.
Sure enough, after folks started finishing their breakfast newly-more-attentive Boy #4 went around, unasked, and offered to grab folks’ plates and carry them to the counter.
About that time, just as I was beginning to feel like ‘Superdad and His Amazingly Mature and Attentive Young Children’, seven-year-old Boy #3 began running around the table dancing like a goof, yelling, “I’m a Dodo BIRD! I’m a Dodo BIRD!” and asking his brothers to smell his stinky morning breath.
Ah, yes. That’s more like it.