My childhood friend and I were sitting on my patio, watching and listening as our boys played together for the first time. The first time they met, they were 8 weeks and 4 weeks old. But since my friend and her husband are teachers in Cambodia, they hadn’t seen each other since then.
Looking at them, I couldn’t help but notice that they are complete opposites of each other. My son, C: tall for his age, dark brown curls, tanned skin, fearless. My friend’s son, B: short for his age, blonde, fair skin, and timid. And yet, they were getting along beautifully.
“Do you want to pick tomatoes?” C asked. C hates tomatoes, but he loves to pick them for anyone else who wants to eat them.
“Yuck! Tomatoes are disgusting!” B replied, sticking out his tongue to emphasize his point.
C’s face broke into a look of pure joy; his smile stretched from ear to ear. “That’s the spirit!” he declared emphatically. The two of them ran off, laughing together, leaving my friend and I laughing over the exchange. Where do kids learn these sayings? It really is amazing!