Sometimes I can get so consumed by what I'm doing that it may seem like I'm not aware of what is happening around me. I suppose all moms are like that, but if you learn how to keep an eye and an ear pricked for trouble.
The day began as a normal one and I busied myself with the washing and other little chores around the house. I got the first hint that it was going to be a busy day when Shakir appeared to ask me if he could put together a puzzle. "Don't you have homework you can get started on?" I asked. His shoulders drooped, his mouth tightened into a scowl and he reluctantly went to get it started. That's usually the first hint that ten minutes of work is going to last him half an hour to an hour.
The second hint came when Shakir asked me to explain what 'larger' meant. I try to be a patient and understanding woman so I moved to the table to read the context in which it was used. The instructions read, make smaller, larger or equal sets. The work was broken further down into three sections and the section in question relating to larger had two sets with objects in them and empty sets for him to make into larger sets. It is basic work that he has done before. The only difference is that it is the first time I have seen the word 'larger' being used. I'm sure it wasn't the first time for him either. I heaved a great big sigh and told him that larger is another word for bigger. A few minutes later, I got up to inspect his work and noticed that he had correctly drawn a larger number of items in the empty sets, but that he had also drawn additional items in the set that was provided with the quantity he needed to count. Lord, have mercy. You really does have to pray for grace when dealing with these children.
Anyway, I'm still searching for that super hero theme song. The second selection for consideration is Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield.
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.