Yesterday, Josh and I (mom) went out for the morning while dad worked on his Sunday school lesson. Typically, when we are in the car, if I ask Josh if he'd like some music, his response is "No" and I sigh. This time, to my surprise, he said yes! I turned on the radio and Josh rejected all 6 of the stations that are preset on the radio. Great...his "no" means "yes." A true two year old. So, I turned on the CD player and he rejected the first Cure CD and then another. Double drat! Way to break your mom's heart, Josh! Big Audio Dynamite? Big fat NO! Then CD #4 started spinning - Material Issue's International Pop Overthrow. Josh calmly says, "yes." What? I asked to confirm that I heard him correctly. Yes. YES! Wow! We listened to the first song and then the second, "Diane." When the 2nd song ended, he asked for "more diane." I was so excited that he finally liked one of my songs that I pulled out the car's owners manual to figure out how to make it repeat the song. Tonight we introduced dad to the song and now all of us are singing the chorus together. It rocks!
After church today we went out to lunch together. While we were sitting in our booth waiting for our food a little boy - maybe 8 or 9 - stopped in front of us, started moving his mouth without talking, and then walked on by. Josh was mesmerized. He turned around and watched the boy who continued to send us silent messages and started doing the robot. Honestly, before having Josh I probably would have thought this kid was a nut, but now, he's free entertainment! Josh and this boy exchanged glances throughout lunch. At one point the boy even came over and asked Josh to turn back around. Then, the boy came back over and handed Josh the prize from his kid's meal. How awesome is that? I was stunned by this little boys act of generosity and kindness. Josh, as Josh does, stared at him, probably thinking "thank you." A DPS officer sitting nearby proceeded to thank the young man and gave him a "Junior Trooper" sticker. As the DPS officer was leaving he also gave Josh a sticker, which pleased Josh again. It really made me stop and think how easily we can be an example of generosity and kindness to others. A toy, a sticker, a smile...we have the power to make someone's day. Very cool Sunday lunch.
And because any post without a Josh picture isn't worth reading, here is a totally unrelated picture.