Henry’s birthday is tomorrow or today depending on when I finish this and post it. I have struggled with my blog for a few months now. I don’t make time to post or have anything pressing to blog about. Well, I do, but I don’t make the time to do it.
So, I sit here with a blank screen and don’t know what to write. I started rambling on and on and a couple of hours later, this is what I have to say. (Edit: one of my ramblings was starting Henry’s birth story. Wow, I don’t want to write about that now. I will save that for another time!)
What can I say about my sweet Henry?
Some days he is not so sweet.
Some days he is not so nice to Nola Mae and some days he is unbelievably the most awesome big brother any sister could ask for.
Some days he can be rotten.
Some days he can be the most kind and loving little boy.
Some days he can have closed ears and is unwilling to do the jobs he is expected to do.
Some days he can be willing to help with every job on his list and extra.
Some days he is funny and cute.
A story from this past fall:
I sent an email to Henry’s teacher and his math teacher…”I wanted to share this story with the two of you. I am not sure which teacher Henry was talking about when he was telling my mom (Granny) about why the teachers were at school and he wasn’t on the professional development day.
Granny and Henry were talking about why he had off school that day and he said the teachers still had to go. Granny said it was probably one of those days where the teachers learn new things to help them be better teachers. He told her his math teacher had to go to learn math because she didn’t know what 200 + 200 was. Henry said, ‘She asked the class and I knew, it’s 400, but she didn’t know so she has to go learn math’.
One more story that will make you giggle: Henry told me, ‘Mrs. Honken doesn’t have enough apples to make apple pie for the field trip next week, she needs one more apple! Can I pick the biggest apple off our Big Apple Tree?’ I can’t express how excited Henry is for the up coming field trip to your apple orchard (His teacher has a huge apple orchard!). So excited that he doesn’t believe me that you probably have enough apples to make many apple pies!
Here is her response…”Oh Jenny, he’s so precious!!! His giant apple caused me to totally redo my writing lesson plans for the day…we are going to practice descriptive writing about the giant apple. It has to go in the hall (along with the picture you sent!!). Thanks.”
Some days he can be thoughtful.
Recently, Henry was on a roll talking about nurses. Henry’s facts about nurses:
“Nurses love kids.
People who love to make kids feel better go to school to be a nurse.
Nurses love to take care of kids that is why they want to be a nurse.
Nurses are kind to everyone.
I wish I was a grown up and could be a nurse, so I could take care of Granny. Maybe even be the one to help her with her surgery, like her doctor. I could be like Aunt Karen and take care of Granny.”
This week my cousin, Andrew, emailed me and mentioned in his email that Henry has a very high EQ (emotional intelligence quotient). I appreciate his insight and kind words because when my patience is low from the wildness, the chaos of our life and the naughtiness. I need to remember the kind, loving, respectful and wonderful boys we have. And let the handsome eyes and beautiful smiles melt my heart.
My sweet Henry has given me lots of stories to write about. In all his sweetness he isn’t giving me many heart attacks anymore. One of my favorites:
Heart-Attack-Henry – https://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/heart-attack-henry/
Okay, I have more than one: https://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/my-empty-nest/
If you want to check out Henry’s past birthday blog posts: