May 11, 2011

Walk tall

 penguins in artist's hats

Gray was in charge of picking out Daddy's birthday card.

Oh mommy this is the coolest card! 

Oh honey, this isn't a birthday card. It's for a graduation. He was about to go into the ugly cry when I opened it up and saw that 'Grad' could easily be changed to 'Dad' and suddenly this card was indeed the coolest card. This is perfect! Great job, Gray!

(battles, I pick them wisely.)

I heard him telling his brothers later on that it's such an awesome card. It has penguins wearing artist's hats! 

birthday card


Am I too free with them, I wonder, allowing them to take their imagination and run far far away with it?

Or do I think I'm a radical breaking the rules of norm when it's really just lazy parenting?

Maybe it's a little of both, but no matter, because there is so much life left for them where they don't get to be kids, and really? What's the harm? You've seen one happy birthday card, you've seen 'em all.

But penguins wearing artist's hats... ? Now that's special.

Happy Birthday, Jeff. Hope you love that the kids are just as weird as me. We love you.

27 comments:

  1. I think you are a very wise mommy. And not at all weird. :-)

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  2. I think the same thing. Do I let them go too far with the imagining and the trying out on their own? Am I setting them up for being teased for being different? Am I teaching them that everybody will let them do their own things as long as they do it nicely and don't hurt anyone? Because I think that's true at home, but we all know it's not true in life.

    But then I hear something inside of me saying, "Let them be. It's the people who go beyond 'normal' that discover big, big things."

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  3. Very special! ... and memorable, and wonderful. You're making great memories for your family!!

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  4. No, your not too free with them. You are perfect . And those are the most special memories. I am and try to be the same way. I let the kids pick out their own clothes, even if they don't match or aren't appropriate weather wise (within reason of course). Just on mothers Day we went to Jewel to get the Grandma's a card and some flowers. But the kids were far more interested in the wind chimes instead. I agreed since a wind chime would last longer (and were cheaper too!). Jonah picked out a pretty red and orange flower one for todds mom and lily picked out a cheesy one with horses all over it for my mom. I originally was going to tell her no and choose a prettier, more appropriate one. But the look on her eyes and the love for that horsey windchime and her little voice saying "it's for Mimiiiiiiiii!" was too cute. And when she gave it to her, w/o prompt said "happy Mimi day!" it was perfect. And my mom adores it. It didn't matter WHAT was on the windchime, just the fact that lily was so proud to pick it out was priceless. It's those odd gifts that I love the most too!

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  5. Too free with them? Nope. Too radical? No way!

    You're letting them use their imagination. I have even doctored the inside of a greeting card before because everything was perfect except for that one word... :)

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  6. Love Love Love it! And I think it meant more to Jeff to know that Gray picked it out and his reasoning behind it.

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  7. You are an inspiration to the rest of us to be more free...thank you!

    Jen

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  8. You are never wrong to encourage their imaginations. Hmmm artist hats - I've never worn a hat to paint. Maybe I'd paint better if I wore one:D
    The card is special because he picked it out.

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  9. I struggle in that same way - is it me being lazy? Or them being allowed to be them?

    But this card? Perfect. He was right (and wise).

    Happy Birthday, Jeff!

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  10. I almost always buy cards for different events. :) It's creative and more fun, especially when the recipient is getting more than one card.

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  11. Your guys are so lucky to find such an understanding mama!!! Who new that grad was dad spelt wrong!!! Really you are a very clever gal!!!

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  12. LOVE IT! I love that you are so willing to embrace life through their little eyes and just go with it.

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  13. Now, THAT's the kind of card I'd want to get for my birthday!!

    He's thinking outside of the box :)

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  14. Original! I love it. Good job Mom, I mean Gray. :D

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  15. Awe, certainly the perfect card!

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  16. I once read something about how it's better to feel good and to be happy, than to be right :) I think about that EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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  17. Well, I don't know Jeff at all but my hubby would have been ALL OVER THAT. LOL!

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  18. Way to go mom!!! That is such an awesome card & was picked by an awesome kid!!!

    Happy Birthday to your hubby too!!!

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  19. Girl. That's not even a battle to pick! I think it's a great choice and I love that you let him choose it. I could take a lesson from you here. Seriously.

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  20. Love it! it is an awesome birthday card!! Happy Birthday Jeff!

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  21. I ask that question all of the time, and I agree with Desiree Fawn... it's better to be happy than to be right (almost always, anyways).

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  22. That is too perfect for words. :) There are times when you should perhaps put your foot down. This? This was definitely not one of them.

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  23. I love that you just "let it be." And I bet that your husband adored that artistic card. :)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  24. You know, your husband probably felt really loved that Gray wanted to pick our such a cool card for him, and Gray will always remember that his mom gave his opinions value. You're doing great. Forget the people who think it's weird.

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  25. Love this post and the card! Your kids are pretty awesome and I love that you just let that awesomeness shine!

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