Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Wisdom at 5 Years

Today's post is brought to you by the sweet little mind of my 5-year-old. She is a joy in so many ways, not the least of which is her determination to give the best hugs anywhere and "permanent" kisses that can't wash off.

I almost feel guilty for enjoying this stage with her so much, because when her three older siblings were this age, I was so busy taking care of everyone else that I don't think I had the luxury of reveling in the sweetness like I can with her as the youngest.

Some of her most recent nuggets:

1) Maybe they should add this one to Merriam-Webster:
"Some boys get their ears pierced because they’re dudes. Dudes wear earrings."

2) In her efforts at keeping the family's manners in check, she insists on hearing, "You're welcome," any time she says, "thank you."

I pour a glass of milk, and she says, "Thank you . . . " If Mom doesn't respond fast enough, it's, "I said thank you!"

3) A word escaped her, so she described the object in hopes that Mom could help her remember it:

"What do you call that thing that’s like ice but it isn’t? And you eat it and you hold it? And it’s got a Popsicle stick and . . . oh, wait. I remember!"

4) And here's my personal favorite. The other night she excused herself from dinner to visit the little girl's room. While there, she belted out her current favorite Christmas song for all the world to hear.

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (Reindeer)

Had a very shiny nose. (Like Monopoly!)

I about lost my dinner through my nose.

At some point today, I hope, I'll be hitting some more of the revisions for Manti. Right now, however, I need to get prettied up. My sisters are taking me out to lunch because I'm just that cool and they love me. Well, that, and I was born 34 years ago as of this morning. :-D


Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

Yay! Happy Birthday Annette! Hope it's a lovely, memory making day for you.

Kate said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Karlene said...

hmmm, you mean that's not how that song goes?

Happy birthday. :)

Luisa Perkins said...

Happiest of Birthdays!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday, Annette. I hope you had a wonderful lunch with your sisters.

Your daughter is just too cute!

Bobbi said...

I love the age Lilli is at which is the same as Allison since their birthday's are so close. So sweet and innocent yet starting to clue in to a few things! By the way, they're not the only ones who have close birthdays...you and I can't get any closer--mine's today, too! Happy Birthday!

Julie Q. said...

If I didn't have a 5 year old, I'd be missing out on my best blog material!

Happy Birthday too. Hey, I'm looking into the Las Vegas Writer's Conference. Do you know of anyone who has gone in the past? Or anyone who would be interested in going this year? I figured you might know since you move in the sphere of Real Writers. A sphere I aspire to visit someday...

Blondie said...

And while you were out for your birthday lunch, your five-year-old and my five-year-old were at my house having a very entertaining conversation about hairstyles. They made an extensive list of everyone they knew who had their hair cut into a "bob." (I don't think I knew what a bob was until I was at least 12.) They also tried to determine who was their hair "twin" (ie: your 5-year-old and your 10-year-old because now neither of them have bangs.)

Where do they get that? They're such "girls"!

Annette Lyon said...

Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone! Bobbi, I forgot that we share a b-day. Hope yours was wonderful!

Sarah, I don't get it either, but they're darn cute girls. The other day after putting on stage makeup for her dance recital, she stood in front of the mirror and did the Marilyn Monroe pouty lip thing and twisted side to side with her hand on her hips. She certainly didn't get that from me!

Annette Lyon said...

Julie Q, I haven't attended the Las Vegas conference. I asked around, and none of my writer buddies have either. So no pearls of wisdom from here. Have fun, though!


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