Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mr. Lee is Smitten

My boy received a package in the mail last week.

'Twas a dream come true.

A box filled with National Guard (a.k.a. "Army") stuff - just for him. There was even a personal letter from a real, live soldier.

Arriving on the heels of his proclamations to take up arms in the Korean War, the timing couldn't have been better.

He pulled on his Air Force coat (another special gift!), stuffed his backpack full of new gear, strapped on his wooden rifle, and got to work.

That night, we read every single word of the two National Guard brochures. I had half a mind to list "National Guard brochures" on his weekly reading log.

We took a few pictures and he granted himself full veto power.

His attempt at a "fierce, stern Army Guy face" fell short the first time. In his words, "I look kind of nervous."

Now that's feeee-us.

The next day, he donned his camo pants, his Army t-shirt and his camo winter coat and hauled his National Guard notebook off to kindergarten show-and-tell.

I think you get the picture here - Mr. Lee has himself a full-blown fascination. Thank you, Army-Guy Friend. You made his year.

He also got some Q-T this weekend with his beloved Chemistry set - another semi-recent fairy godmother bestowing.

Homey cannot get enough of chemistry. He can't. quit. the junk. He has taken a shine to making up pretend chemical names and fashioning mundane household objects into quasi-test tubes and Erlenmeyer flasks.

Oh, to have a crystal ball...

But the biggest news of all?

Calvin Lee is full-on smitten by a certain mystery girl at his school with "brown skin and tan hair". Sources report, "She's so, so, so pretty!"

Have mercy, Marvin. I have never heard this dude talk about anyone being pretty, save my own, pretty self. (And I'm pretty sure he has to come down on the right side of that debate. It's in the handbook.)

A recent conversation taking place on the way to school:

Calvin: Oh, I hope we have sing-along today!
Mama: (Playing dumb) Why do you like sing-along so much?
Calvin: You know. That pretty goawl is there.
Mama: Have you introduced yourself yet?
Calvin: No! She only talks to other goawls!
Mama: Well, that's ok! But maybe you could just say hi sometime and introduce yourself.
Calvin: (Serious as frost-bite) I think I'm going to say, "Hello, Your Majesty".
Mama: Uh, that might not be the best idea. Maybe you could just say, "Hi. My name is Calvin"?
Calvin: Maybe.

I am now giving dating advice to my five-year old. Life is mean and unfair. And if you disagree, then just tell me this - why is it 10:26 and I'm still wearing jeans? I'll tell you why. Because life is mean and unfair. Why did my husband leave me alone for three entire days to fend for myself and my small charges? Mean and unfair.

My baby has a crush on a goawl and I think I'll just stop right there and go cry myself to sleep.

64 comments:

  1. LOVE your blog, my first time commenting, I have to say besides Pioneer Woman yours is the only blog I read regularly, keep em coming and know that this momma loves it when you do! ;)

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  2. Love love that exchange with Calvin. I am in jeans too. But I have a martini and a big purring cat next to me so it feels balanced.

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  3. When my 20 year old son, the Marine, was 5 and in kindergarten, he felt the same way about a pretty girl named Shelby, who will forever in my mind be referred to as "Shelby, my love". One day we were in the car, waiting for his sister after school when out of the blue he said, there she is, Shelby my love. Isn't she pretty? I still tease him about it.

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  4. HAHAHA! He is so handsome... And chemistry? He's definitely yours, that's for sure! ;) It's a great post, but I'm super scared for this to be my boy in 4 years. I'm not ready! (and I know the time will fly...)

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  5. My friend told me I had to read your blog, and she was so right.
    Thanks for sharing--even when it's "mean and unfair." =)

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  6. Bless his heart! He's so handsome! You better watch out goawlly - teehee - I had to. Hearts, Sami Jo

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  7. I feel your pain. My baby boy just turned 14. Mean and unfair is right!!!

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  8. Poor you. That Calvin is a killer. In a good way of course!

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  9. Oh that Calvin...he has brains, brawn and beauty. (Ok, so a boy doesn't really want to have 'beauty'...but he's so stinkin' cute and it rhymed.)

    So there.

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  10. And just so you know...I just laughed outload when out of the corner of my eye I see "claw hands" as one of your categories.

    crack. me. up.

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  11. Oh my stars, I can't stop laughing! He is supremely priceless!!!! "Hello your majesty"??? Too funny Calvin. You're the man! THE. MAN!!!

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  12. I have bumped PW for you as one of my daily reads.
    Simpler.

    :)

    ~Andrea in NH

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  13. Oh, that boy, that boy, that BOY!!!
    xoxo,
    HBY

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  14. Well, would it make you feel any better if I tell you that he will probably get married before I do? : p

    What a doll!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  15. Oh my word. That kid is the best! I'm pretty sure "Hello, Your Majesty" is the greatest pickup line I've ever heard. I can see it working for him. :)
    My oldest is totally into chemistry too. A chemistry set was on his Christmas list and he's memorizing the periodic table. I love my little nerd-boy. Thankfully he's stayed away from the girls so far. :) My middle boy however...well he's already betrothed so that evens it up.

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  16. I am dying over here. My son (who is three) has a girl he likes in Cubbies. Her name is samantha. She is "cute" and "she has a bow. A black and white bow".
    What the?

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  17. What a special treasure your young man Calvin is!...and so Handsome. Your posting reminds me the conversations I had with my young ones. Priceless!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. LOL!!! TOO cute! :) Thanks for sharing...and making me laugh.

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  19. First of all: "Serious as frost-bite." Love you for that.

    Second of all: "Hello, Your Majesty." He is killing me. But what a way to go.

    Third of all (because you must have at least three to have an "all"):I would love to send you a package of Navy propaganda for his reading delight. Could you PM me the latitude and longitude of your farm? Or mailing address, whatev.

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  20. Your boy is priceless.
    And very feee-us!
    Glad the box was a hit!

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  21. I love that he has a crush. Makes me want to tear up too.

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  22. that is the cutest stinkin' thing I've heard in a week:) Man, that kid has big things in store for him!

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  23. Oh to be in love... lets hope she isn't "the one". All the best mom. What is so wonderful, is that he'll be able to read this years from now and smile at meeting his little boy self. Hmmm? I wonder if Her Majesty will still be in the picture?
    Dana

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  24. Maybe Blaine can teach Calvin his "yawn arm around the girl" move. (taught only to him by his teenage brother!)

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  25. Hi Shannan! Would love to have lunch!! Let me know what works for you. xo

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  26. love him. tan hair... she sounds lovely but I want him to marry Aubrie!

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  27. a tan haired goawl
    that is the most precious thing i've read all day!!
    what a little gentleman he is
    xo

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  28. I just don't understand how you can make me cry and laugh at the same time! Every time! Love this post. Love that boy!

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  29. He is just the cutest! so precious...

    xo,

    annie

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  30. That boy makes me want something I never wanted before. A little boy. What a precious character he is.

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  31. Boys are a momma's blessing (and girls, I pray, are as well...at some point! Mine are kinda feisty!) My soon to be four year old is obsessed with the marines, perhaps they will serve together :-) Don't worry about first love, it just means that you've raised him with an open and loving heart! At least that's what I convince myself of when my boys feel it...

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  32. He's a mess!! I pray that my little four year old guy will put off the girlfriend stuff for a while yet.

    However, my little five year old girl is scouting for a husband. She asks on a daily basis when she can get married. Groan.

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  33. I know how you feel. When I take Ellie to preschool, she runs up to Jimmy and throws her arms around him. With abandon. It is slightly embarrasing. When asked how she feels about him, she just shrugs and says "he is my best friend who is a boy." Yea.

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  34. I think you *definitely* should add those flyers to his weekly reading log!!! It's reading that is personally meaningful to HIM...what's more important than that? Kids learn best when the subject is something that excites them, that they value and that is in a context they understand. So, if he's into the National Guard, then any reading associated with it is valuable academic learning for him! (Stepping down from soapbox)

    On a lighter note, I always LOVE your posts...yours is the first blog I check in the morning. And no reader here. I have to come directly to the blog and see the "real deal". :)

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  35. Haha! I laughed out loud at the "Hello, your Majesty" comment. I love kids! They are so hilarious!

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  36. I love how he takes his personal style so seriously. My 5 y-o has not mentioned any school boy crushes yet, but I have noted that he's getting embarassed to watch lovey dovey scenes on animated movies (we saw tangled over thanksgiving and he totally covered his eyes and said ewe!!!) ha!

    I've seen girls from his class fawning over him though - one hugged him twice in the span of 10 minutes at a community leage basketball practice - I can only immagine what life will be like in about 10 yrs when girls are calling!

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  37. Oh, you had me laughing out loud with the "your majesty" TOO CUTE!!!!! What a handsome little devil :) I love those first little innocent crushes. They are so sweet.

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  38. simply adorable. And heartbreaking for a Momma.

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  39. Oh my goodness....just wait! My boys are 15 + 13.....enough said?

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  40. Such a cute story! He's a sweetie!! :)

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  41. What a sweet, sweet boy you have. I love his tender heart!

    Please do share more about the Chem. set! My kid would love that too!

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  42. Put this one down in his baby book...soo sweet! I loved the army get up as well, and chemistry, seriously he is going to be cute and smart, what more could a momma want!

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  43. okay, i'm laughing!! oh the kindergarten crushes. a boy gave paige a picture of a flower when she was in kindergarten and that did her in. anytime said boy's name was mentioned, she got all giggly and awkward. oh dear. we have since moved schools (not because of boy...really!) but he is no longer an issue. but now(2nd grade) there is another boy who i believe has a crush on her! :) when i told her that, she said (with a giggly smile) "oh mom, you're just jumping to conclusions!" Lord help us all!

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  44. You have one cute kid there! Don't you just love the seriousness with which a kindergarten age child faces life? Love it!

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  45. I have a crystal ball. Mine loved Chemistry sets. Couldn't get enough of mixing and brewing. He even tried to make Flubber (remember that movie). Our house smelled like strawberry shampoo and talcum powder for months. He is graduating this year with a 4.5 GPA and fully plans on majoring in Psychics with a minor in math. He loves it so, its a passion. He wants to try to help in anyway he possibly can, math style. Foster that love, with every inch of your being. It pays off in the end. Who knows maybe Calvin will finally come up with the energy source this world desperately needs.

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  46. I've recently started following your blog. A friend who lives elsewhere recommended your blog to me, but then I realized that I live in your area! I have fun recognizing some things you talk about and some pictures you post. Thanks for being such an encouragement -- I love your blog!

    I wondered if you know about aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com?? It is another of my favorite blogs that I've followed for some time. You remind me of her in a couple areas -- they have adopted a total of seven children from Korea, China, Africa and also two domestic adoptions (one of which is an open adoption). They are passionate about the orphan! But also about simplifying their lives -- that's another reason I fell in love with your blog -- our family is also on our own journey of simplifying and trying to truly listen to God's direction for our lives.

    Anyhow, the thing that made me comment today about this blog is that their oldest son who they adopted from Korea is now in the military. As a young boy he declared that he was going to serve his country as a thank you to them for letting his parents adopt him. Your post today with all the pictures reminded me of that. If you get a minute, check her blog out, I think you might like it too!

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  47. I just love the Hello Your Majesty !! He is a funny guy. This whole post was so good, thanks for sharing. My son is 18 now and I miss so many things from when he was a lil guy.

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  48. Yep, life is unfair. My little boy just turned 4, even though I thought we had an agreement that he was to stay a baby, or at lease a toddler, forever! No talk of liking any goals yet, though. (She types while breathing a sigh of relief.)

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  49. Best pick up line ever--Hello, Your Majesty. LOL! What a cutie!

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  50. I'm with Mom. Maybe I can mail him a picture that Aubrie has drawn of her aminal friends then a snap shot of her beautiful face with glasses that enhance her big black eyes! We can arrange their marriage. She likes to talk for hours on end about aminals and I think he'd dig that in a girl - just saying...

    We need to do this fast though because soon she turns 5, and there is a boy named Jack that she may marry if Jade won't marry her - ugh - I don't know this Jack, but not sure I can trust him yet ;)

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  51. Cynthia - My beloved gray STATE t-shirt came from American Eagle, a year and a half ago. Maybe you could check Ebay? They seem to have everything. :)

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  52. Bless your heart! I think being a mom and hearing that your son thinks some girl is pretty is about as heart breaking as it gets. I know my husband's neck hairs go up in full alert if one of our girls starts talking about a B.O.Y. Poor Tall Guy!

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  53. When my son was 5 he was in love with a girl named Laura they were going to grow up and get married. When we moved I thought that would be it lose contact. Well my son is now 23 years old and in the marine corp. and guess who he still is in contact with. Yes you guessed right Laura. I'm glad they have remained friends all these years. Needless to to say they didn't marry each other but they are truely the best of friends. So Shannon you never know they may grow up and be good friends to.

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  54. Ok ,I never commented before, but I had to tonight because, seriously , your lil guy is too,too funny. What fun your going to have as he grows! Love your blog.

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  55. Love your heart. I have a miracle girl myself. I brought her home from Romania when she was 3 months old. She'll be 20 years old on Christmas day...every day with her has been a gift ;) Thank you for sharing your sweet little guy...awww I miss those days.

    Merry Christmas to your sweet family!

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  56. This post is beyond precious! It makes a single girl like me ready to have a sweet little son right now! ;)

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  57. I just hope her majesty appreciates a budding chemist!!Oh, and likes cats.

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  58. We went for several weeks that past fall listing "The John Deere Combine Manual" in my 7 year olds reading log because that was all that was available to read and he was NOT getting out of the combine! It is all reading and learning!

    http://jentsfrontporch.blogspot.com/

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  59. Too precious!! He makes a very handsome little "Army Man"

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  61. I haven't read this one. So I'm a bit behind.

    My comment: "Hello, Your Majesty."

    If ever I need a pickup line, I'm going straight to Calvin to ask for advice.

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