Used to be, back when everybody had their own online journals and blogs, we got a lot of stories about our kids, and I know I felt like I “knew” the children of all my online friends better. Of course, most of the kids were smaller then, so it was easier to “know” them; honestly, there’s not all that much variety when it comes to six-month-olds, is there? But I look back over my old journal postings, and I think I did a more in-depth job of introducing my children back then than I do now, posting in snippets and small conversations. So, just to cover any bases, I thought I might do a quickly-whipped-together survey of who my kids are, as they are, right at this moment.
If you’re reading this, I hope you’ll do the same thing, on your own site or Facebook or wherever! Many of us have gone to a sort of “radio silence” over the past couple of years, observing a new level of privacy with regards to our offspring, which is totally understandable. Still, I miss reading those old stories. These kids just don’t stop growing, and it’d be good to catch back up, even a little.
…is eight years old this year, and he’s entering third grade.
…still loves vehicles of all kinds, including trains, cars, and planes.
…likes art more than music. (Stab me in the heart, why doesn’t he?! )
…doesn’t care for the spotlight one bit, and gets horrible stage fright when he has to perform.
…has a quick temper and is prone to saying things he doesn’t mean when angry.
…has a very powerful conscience that makes him feel horrible after erupting.
…likes peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, cold cereal, granola bars, and pasta with butter and/or cheese. (Carboholic!)
…prefers tenderloin and filet over chicken nuggets.
…is a champion of fairness in all things (especially as it affects him personally, but not only in that regard).
…bites his cuticles, especially when nervous or bored.
…is addicted to television and video games, unfortunately.
…likes shows for “tweens” more than he does cartoons.
…prefers to ride his bike instead of running on foot.
…is not a fan of reading, especially fiction. (Again, twist that knife! Gah!)
…adores nature and the environment, and will freak out about things that harm it, right down to bug killing.
…cries in public, no matter who’s watching.
…is four years old and entering 4K this year.
…is a whirlwind of activity, almost all the time.
…never, ever, ever stops talking.
…loves Legos and building.
…is highly prone to sarcasm.
…enjoys drawing, and mainly creates spidery little doodles of robots or vehicles that look like hieroglyphics.
…is capable of screaming down a crowded building if irritated.
…is still working on the whole “empathy” thing.
…is terrified of rides, water, pedaling a bike – anything where he doesn’t feel 100% in control of his body.
…likes chicken nuggets, crackers, pizza, and bacon.
…still hates chocolate, but is over the whole “sweets are yucky” phase.
…is still trying to work out how he can marry me someday, though he did switch affections this summer to his playground leader.
…is a charmer with other adults and a hellion at home.