Tuesday, August 04, 2009

How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?


Can you see the urchin in the blue shirt, hiding up in the fig tree?

The figs have begun to ripen this week, so our older two boys have spent a lot of time climbing the dusty, spider-filled branches to collect the fruit. Eldest is especially fond of sitting up there, sucking up the gooey red insides until he can't reach any more.

I hope those branches will stay strong enough to hold him for a very long time.

On Saturday, he participated in his first kung fu "form competition." The students demonstrate a memorized series of stances, blocks and strikes used to develop fluency. Each class has its own form, using the moves practiced at that level.

Eldest is in the advanced kids class, but he is the youngest by a year. He practiced his form at home all week to prepare for the competition, and we were very proud of him. Middlest has also started taking kung fu, but the beginning students didn't participate in the competition. He happily cheered on his brother.

The focus at the kung fu studio is "Discipline, Diligence, and Determination." It's been a good combination for Eldest, who at times has reminded me of a cross between the Absent-Minded Professor and Maria vonTrapp, with plenty of Hagrid thrown in the mix!

We were watching "The Sound of Music" tonight, while packing for another trip tomorrow. The boys like the part when the nuns at the abbey sing about Maria.

The song always reminds me of my firstborn. How do you catch a wave upon the sand? But tonight for the first time, he recognized himself in it. I noticed a look on his face. A little bit uncomfortable, a little self-conscious.

"If I were a girl, I'd be named Maria," he said to me, rather seriously. "You'd name me that because of the movie."

He's the child who loves to wander outside by himself, listening to the trees, talking to the bees. He doesn't walk, he bounces. He loses his shoes every day, forgets to finish tasks, and entertains his brothers as often as he irritates them.

"I like Maria," I said. I want him to know that he is not a problem. He is adored, even when he is driving us a little bonkers.

We have watched him mature so much over the last year, and lately I'm just trying to figure out how to keep up with him. He already knows more than I do about most of God's creatures. He remembers everything he's ever heard on Animal Planet, Discovery and National Geographic.

Last week he said to me, "You know, Mom, there's a difference between unschooling and homeschooling. Can we do a little more homeschooling?"

I think that means he's ready for more input from me, more suggestions, more sitting down together to study something new. Less "letting be."

Well, sweet boy, I will make my best attempt at it.

13 comments:

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

Isn't it the most amazing thing to watch our children blossom? To actually see in them the person God created and watch it grow into the most amazing thing? Oh, I love it! Eldest, we love you!!

fawndear said...

I've a couple of moonbeams myself. Love them even when you're wondering how in the world you'll survive raising them.

princessmama said...

They're so beautiful, these children of ours. I have to pray for Wisdom all the time. How to guide them without overwhelming their confidence in who they were created to be. :)

John said...

I really heard your voice as I read this post, and it was a voice so full of love for your child. Wonderful.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a sweet post. These words must be saved for his future. He will love you for your thoughful consideration of who he is!

number17cherrytreelane said...

Be sure to write all this down. Just precious.

an encourager said...

"Discipline, Diligence, and Determination." I need that 3d in my life!!! And figs? I love figs! There's a huge fig tree overhanging onto a public sidewalk.... as I drove by today, I wondered when it was fig season.

Toni said...

fresh figs how yummy. a perfect self help snack.

Where are you headed to?

Jenni said...

I know we'd be great friends, cuz I sooo get the "Maria" thing. I am a fan of Julie Andrews on Facebook, LOL!!! That's like my fave movie ever!

Marlene said...

Wow! He seems to be ready for more academics... Do you guys have a timeforlearning.com membership? He would love that...

Melissa said...

What a sweet post. It's wonderful that you are able to embrace your son's uniqueness and love him for him.

Christina said...

Oh my goodness...this post is ringing true at my house also. The youngest just told me, "Mom, can't we do more math?" I suppose that I need to get a lesson planner also. (:

the good life mama said...

Oh my. I just recently found your blog, I don't even remember how at this point. This post brought tears to my eyes. I could have written it about my oldest little sweet. This really was beautiful, thank you. Funny, I am a SAHM to 3 little boys. Former teacher, my husband currently works with teachers. We're trying pre-k right now. I don't know...
How do you two work this out?? Blessings-- Heather

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