What a strange day yesterday—first poor Farrah, then Michael Jackson. I grew up listening to his music, and have felt sad about his death. I feel awful for his three kids, too. (Though maybe they can change their names now?)
Max has been having a great week. He goes to school year-round but he's on break now and has been having all sorts of fun. I discovered a few new things this week that were helpful to him:
1. This book
Max has had a few of the "Snappy" series of pop-up books for years and still likes to look at them from time to time. The other night, we were reading Snappy Little Dinosaurs and he grabbed the book and started flapping the covers back and forth to make the pop-ups go up and down. Awesome use of his hands! Last year at this time, I don't think he could have done that.
2. This televangelist
Tuesday morning, I turned on the TV for Max to watch so I could take a shower (Sabrina was downstairs with Dave). The TV was tuned to a channel where "Changing Your World" was playing, with Creflo A. Dollar preaching to a crowd. (I'd never heard of the guy before, had to look him up.) I went to switch channels to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. "Nooooooooooo," said Max, and grabbed the remote. Max was fascinated by this guy, most likely because he is so amazingly animated. Max has watched "Changing Your World" every morning since. I figure this is a fine thing, maybe he'll pick up some words. Though I'll have to put my foot down if Max wants to send him money.
3. This hat
Our babysitter took Max to the local firehouse on Thursday morning, where Max got a grand tour and a "Fire Chief" hat. Max was beyond excited. As you know, he loves trucks, particularly fire engines. It reminded me that it's often the simple pleasures that kids enjoy most.
What made your child happy this week?
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