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Kangaroo Mating

That’s right folks, I am here to discuss Kangaroo mating. Why?  Because that was the subject of a recent conversation with my 7-year old daughter. Say what??

So Katie has suddenly discovered the non-fiction section of the library. She typically brings home books about cats and then goes on and on about how she wishes we could get a cat (her brother is allergic). Yesterday she brought home a book about the life cycle of a kangaroo. So there we are, both reading our respective books, when she says “Mommy, what does ‘mating’ mean?”

I quickly discover why she is asking:

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Now I’m all for answering your kids questions in a truthful manner. She’s asked before about babies and I’ve told her as much as I deemed truthful yet age appropriate. So after a thoughtful pause I replied “what do you think it means” she read the page over again and decided it meant that two boy kangaroos both liked the girl kangaroo. And I decided I would just leave it at that for the day. She was pretty excited because the next page went on about the two kangaroos stood on their tails and kicked each other. Well there you have it then.

I sent this picture to my brother. His response “I had the same problem in high school”

Until I write again…

x Shay

Book Worms

Book Worms.  I’m a reader. I love reading novels. I’ve been known to stay up late and read a book in a few days.  When I used to work downtown, I had a long 45 minute commute each way but I didn’t mind so much. I would sit back, relax and read. When my husband and I moved to a new city and I got to drive to work, I found that I truly missed that time I used to spend on the bus. Nowadays, with two kids and working from home I don’t have nearly as much free time for things like reading but I still find time for it each night before I go to bed. Some days I may only get in a few pages before the words start to blur on the pages and I’m finding myself re-reading the same sentence over and over again. But most nights, I still pull out a book and curl up in bed before I go to sleep.

I started reading Goodnight Moon to both my kids when they were newborns. We read bedtime stories to the kids every night and often during the day as well. We go to the library each week and select a dozen new books. My son likes to pretend to read. His favourite stories right now are “Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. We’ve read them so many times that he will say the words even before we turn the page.

My enjoyment of reading has now reached a new level. My daughter has started to read. It began last spring when she wrote the words “cat” and “bat” on a napkin. I was not only shocked to learn that she could spell but also that she could read. I bought her a selection of Barbie phonics books as a preschool graduation gift and we’ve had a lot of fun working our way through them. It is so much fun to go through this stage with her. I love watching her excitement as she tries to read new words. Recently her teachers started sending her home additional reading homework. Sight words written on strips of paper attached to a key ring. Some days she finds the words easy and other days she struggles a bit. It’s amazing to hear her sound out new words and read ones I think she couldn’t possibly know. “Because”, “always”, “were” are her most recent triumphs. At bedtime she will now sometimes ask if she can read the books to us. It takes much longer but it’s worth every minute.

A Bit of Gratitude.  Today I am grateful for hand-me-down clothes.  When I was a kid we used to go to visit my Grandma every summer. A part of our tradition was handing down clothes to the younger cousins. I was always so excited to open my box and see all the new clothes from my cousin Tanya!

When I had my daughter I didn’t really know anyone with older girls. I quickly learned how fast kids grow out or stain clothes and how many times you sometimes have to change a newborn’s outfit in a day. With my son things are a bit different. I am extremely fortunate to have friends and family who have older boys and whom are handing me down their clothes, shoes, coats and toys. Just the other day I had a friend give me a giant bag of clothes she didn’t need. It brought back that great childhood memory as I dug through the bag and got so excited at all the clothes for my son. So thank you to everyone who has given me a hand-me-downs. It’s new to me and I love and appreciate it more than you know!

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