Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Little Wacky

Jim thinks it's weird that I remember the way my first grade teacher would hug us as we came into class.
He thinks it's weird that I remember the name of a certain boy, in second grade, stealing my vowel squares, so I couldn't make any words.  He thinks it's weird that I remember the name of almost every teacher I ever had.  He thinks it's weird that I remember books from my childhood in vivid detail.

I think it's weird that he doesn't.

Lately, I've been getting books for Dylan from the library each Monday.  This past Monday, when I saw the book "Wacky Wednesday" on the shelf, the memories came rushing back.  I'm not sure how old I was when I got the book out from the library, but before I even opened the book, I remembered what was on the first page.  I remembered loving the book as a kid.  I remembered how silly I thought it was, and how fun I thought it was to try and find all the wacky things on each page.  I grabbed it to bring home.

Dylan is a very discerning reader.  He will often decide he doesn't even want to look inside a book, simply by looking at the cover.  If the book doesn't feature a character he already knows and loves, it might take me a bit on convincing to get him to "allow" me to read it to him.  That was the case with this book.  But, I know my kid, and all I had to say was, "It's really SILLY!", to get him interested.

At this age, anything that is not quite "right", or that doesn't make sense, is "silly", and usually results in loads of giggles.  The book was a hit.  After reading it a few bazillion times, he had to make his own "wacky" drawing.

We've also been looking for "wacky" things all around the house.  "This huge pile of papers on the kitchen table, where I need to put dinner?  Well, that's just WACKY!!", I yell, followed by a round of giggles from my sidekick.  "This dustbunny on the floor in the bedroom that could probably eat a small child?!  WACKY!"  "The fact that I am the only one who seems to understand that the things on the bottom steps are there because they need to go upstairs?  WACKY!!"

There's a lot of wacky things going on in this house.  I really should have posted this post on Wednesday, instead of a Thursday, but I ran out of time.   I'm wacky like that.


Brooke said...

My boys would love that one too. What is it about silly/wacky stuff?
Also, I am so grateful that I have a twin. She has to fill me in on the dets from our childhood... either my memory is shot or I just blocked it all out. Wierd, right?

Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY remember those exact same things! I feel like a stalker/obsessed weirdo talking to people from my past because I can tell them all kinds of things that they have no memory of! My favorite book growing up was "I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words" and my kids think it is wacky that I can recite the book to them by heart.

blue china studio said...

I tend to remember lots of details from my childhood too. I never read that book though, I like wacky books!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I've never read that book but it looks like one Jonathan would love that's for sure.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm with you with remembering teachers and books. Have you read Junie B. Jones with Dylan? Yes, she is a real smart-mouth, but I have a feeling he would get a kick out of her.

Burgh Baby said...

Jim *is* weird for not remembering that stuff! I can remember every teacher and tons of details. Mind you, I can't remember the name of that person I met yesterday, but whatever. ;-)