Get a Job

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Tonight we were all sitting for a few minutes after swim lessons/practice watching a show together, when Cooter piped up and told his Daddy, “I need fifty dollars.”

(Yeah, I got no idea.)

Before I could say anything in response or cut off the words I was sure were coming from the Fella, sure enough, his Daddy immediately tossed back, “Get a job.”

Uh oh.

Now he’s done it.

Two weeks ago when we were getting ready to leave on our whirlwind trip to Texas, I asked our sweet neighborfriend and her younger son if he would mind feeding our “outside, half feral, roams the neighborhood” cat while we were gone.  He loves cats–I mean, he REALLY loves them–so he eagerly said yes.  The two of them came over to get the details and collect the food the night before we flew out.  As they were walking back to their house, they turned and waved, as I hollered, “Thank you so much! We appreciate y’all!”

Then my little buddy called back, waving, “That’s okay.  You’ll pay me.  Like a million dollars?”

His sweet Mama was mortified.  She immediately started correcting him and apologizing to me at the same time.  She’s good like that.

Bless her, I thought it was funny.  I waved it off, laughing.  They walked home “discussing” his fee.

After we got home, I went over to thank them properly.  I didn’t have a million dollars, but I did want him to know he was appreciated so I had a little something from Texas in hand.

His Mama started laughing and told me what happened after they got home.  She had explained to him that you don’t charge neighbors for helping out like that.  That it was kind and part of being a good neighbor to help each other.

“But Mom,” he explained, “Dad is always telling us to get a job and make some money.”

Well there you go.  Exactly right.  Can’t argue with that logic.

Y’all.  That is just too precious right there, isn’t it? They–all these little people–are listening.

So I fully expect Cooter to come up with something I need to pay him for tomorrow.  Since his Daddy told him to get a job and all.  No telling what it is for, but I expect I’ll hear about that tomorrow too.

Tonight I’m thankful for children who lighten the load with the way they see the world and the laughter they bring.  I give thanks for good neighbors and children willing to work for their dollars.  Most of all, I’m thankful my sweet neighborfriends have moved back after two years of being away.  We have missed them very much. Now they are back to being the Pineapple people, and I’m on a very special “birfday” list again.  Life is good.

Love to all.

Wit and Wisdom from the Littles

This post is brought to you by Earlier Today Tara, as This Evening Tara is busy with family stuff, having fun, and laughing, and explaining that she IS in costume–as a Domestic Engineer.  Ha.  That makes me laugh.  My Mama put that as her job on forms she had to fill out back when I was little.  At least I remember the conversations about it; she didn’t want to put housewife because no way was she married to her house.  Anyway…..Happy Today.

Really today’s thoughts are from the littles.

Yesterday our Princess had been outside on the porch playing with the cats.  She is especially close to Sugar, the grown cat we nursed from three weeks old.  When she came back in, she flopped on the couch and sat for a minute.

“Mama? Can I ask you something?”

“Sure, baby.  Go ahead.”  I tried not to point out she already had.

“Mama, how come we can’t take all of our bad feelings and flush them down the toilet?  Wouldn’t that be a good thing to be able to do?”

Oh the things that little handle could solve.....if only it could.

Oh the things that little handle could solve…..if only it could.

Wow.  Yes ma’am it sure would.

Turns out she’d been out there talking to Sugar about how we found him and she got upset for him all over again.  She is my child.  She works through a lot of stuff out there talking to that cat.  Just like I used to with Midnight sitting on my lap on the back steps at Blackberry Flats.  There’s nothing like having an animal that will listen.  And pat the tears coming down your cheeks.

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Princess was asking Cooter some questions from one of those Brain Quest kits.  She came to this one and asked him:

“What heavenly body orbits the earth?”

Before my mind even registered the question that had been asked, Cooter called out, “God!”

And there you go.  Even though Princess told him he had the answer wrong, I told him I thought that was a pretty good one.  Don’t you think?

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In picking out whom she’d like to dress up as, Princess FINALLY decided on Princess Leia.  We put together an all white outfit with a big belt and boots.  She was all that and a can of hairspray–to hold those buns in place on the sides of her head.  She was very excited about how it all came together.  At one point when I was explaining that she could tuck her futuristic weapon in her belt at her side, she breathed deeply and said, “Well, I was really hoping for a white purse so I could tuck it in there.”

That right there.  That’s my girl.  She can climb trees, collect frogs, hit a ball with skill, and help save herself and her friends from the master of evil himself, BUT when it all comes down to it, that girl LOVES to accessorize.  It tickles me that she used the costume idea to try and get another purse.  Tickled me, but no, we didn’t get her one.  It’s after Labor Day for goodness’ sake.

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Tonight I am thankful for the wisdom of littles and ears to hear them.  And for family fun and being together.  Even when we are missing our Aub away at college, we talk to her on the phone.  I love that there is a fight about who will answer the phone when they see her name on the Caller ID.  Well okay I don’t exactly love it, but I love that they both want to talk to her.  Princess asks to call her and when there is a question about clothes, she says, “Let me call and ask the fashion expert.”  That would be the one I overheard her telling last night, “You really are the best big sister.”

And I’m grateful for the excitement and joy that cookie cutters and pumpkins and new pencils and dressup clothes and bouncy puppies can bring.  As Mama would say, Happy Everyday, y’all.

Our new pencils.  Our Princess is so excited because she is already ready to go there--Golden Heart of 2027!

Our new pencils. Our Princess is so excited because she is already ready to go there–Golden Heart of 2027!

We made these today for our Fall Family Hootenanny.  They are too fun, aren't they?

We made these today for our Fall Family Hootenanny. They are too fun, aren’t they?

I made this batch for me. These are traditional, and that matters to me.  Mama made these every fall.  I used her cookie cutters to make these today.  Also going to the Fall Family Hootenanny.

I made this batch for me. These are tradition, and that matters to me. Mama made these every fall. I used her cookie cutters to make these today. Also going to the Fall Family Hootenanny.

Our fluffy ball of happiness, the Good Witch Sophie.  Love that her tail is blurred because she was so excited the whole time!

Our fluffy ball of happiness, the Good Witch Sophie. Love that her tail is blurred because she was so excited the whole time!