Sonny had two weeks of winter break, even no school, we still got up at our regular time in the morning. He had morning walk with me, and he had lots to say on the way.
We had to carry weapons to protect ourselves. He likes his rifle, which is hockey stick, he got it when he was 1 year old from Uncle Rodney; on the stick has a maple leave and word ” CANADA” . I took one of his toy gun, a small one.
Passing a mac nut farm, he picked up two mac nuts on the road or beside the road, gave me one, we stood on the same line and threw the nuts; together. Whose nut roll farther, who is the winner. I couldn’t win this game, because he was the one making rules, and he made the rules after we threw the nuts. Many times my nuts rolled farther than his, but I still wasn’t winning, because my nut didn’t reach the finish line.
When we saw a junk avocado or coconut on the road, he would roll them down the road, pretended he was dropping a bomb from fighter jet.
If we heard any vehicle coming from either way, we would hide inside the bush or behind tree by the road side. Sometimes, I didn’t hide good, our imagine enemy shot me. I told him, don’t point his gun to stranger, only to people he knows well, they would be the one to understand his game.
He is in his soldier faith right now, even we didn’t feed him any military storys. Now he can pick out books himself from library, those books are his interests. We only wish, that he will retire from this when he is 18.
Nobody know what kind of child you will get, you will find surprise on your child while they are growing up.
One morning, before we reached to our drive way from morning walk, we passed by vegetable raising beds. Somebody just harvested veges and left a pile of old leaves on the ground. I knew those leaves will dry out there, nobody will use it, I saw they abandoned old leaves like this before. So I picked them up and planed to give to our chickens. Sonny got excited about it, he insisted I should first ask the lady, who is the worker. I explained to him, I’m sure they don’t use those old leaves. I knew I didn’t convince him, but I didn’t know this story has second chapter.
Four days later, we had our morning walk. We were about 100 yards away from the same veges beds, where a lady was working.
Sonny said :” Mom, you need talking to the lady. ‘
” Why ?”
” You need to tell her, you took the leaves from the ground last time. Remember?”
It took me a second to realize that he has been carrying this load in his head for several days, maybe unconscious. I said :” OK “.
I said ” good morning ” to the lady, and told her the story. From her, Sonny knew it’s OK to pick up veges they throw away. And the lady praised him ” it’s very honest “.
I’m very happy about what I learned from it. Children do not necessarily learn everything from parents, even they are very young, they have their own ability, to judge what is right and what is wrong. I’m glad, I listened to him and did what he asked; I didn’t confuse his judgment.