At Least…

by GfG on August 1, 2011 · 5 comments

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As I get ready for a new school year, I started thinking about a few odd skills and now I’m wondering something:  When I get discouraged/concerned/freaked out that my kids are not learning the things I’d like them to learn,  can I be encouraged that at least they can…

… distinguish the crinkling of notebook paper from OREO package paper while three rooms away?

… use sarcastic wit as skillfully as Monty Python and two of them can now use the phrase “merely a flesh wound” in appropriate context?

… can smell chocolate on the breath of a loved one though they haven’t brushed their own teeth in twenty-four hours?

… create scenarios in which they yell, “Bacon?!  I knew it was a long shot”?

… can tout the talent of pretending they don’t smell poopie diapers long enough for me to come into the room as talented as any grandparent can?

… can work well in teams to beat my husband at spades with only minimal gloating?

… can go days without showering or using any resemblance of soap due to daily dips in the pool and the only evidence is a tad of crunch to their hair?

… can eat ice cream for dinner any of the day of the week and burn every calorie off without much effort (even if the camera prompted grin is the goofiest and weirdest kind there could ever be)?

So what off the grid skills are the kids in your life learning or what have they mastered this summer?

Linking to the Hip Homeschool Hop

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Tracy August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love your list! It’s those off-the-grid (and sometimes goofy) skills that I love most in my kids. I found you at the HHH…so glad I did! It sounds like you guys have alot of fun. I’ll be following along.


Steph August 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Love your list! Definitely put a smile on my face! :-) I have one more to add that my kids are really skilled at…

… can’t hear me yell their name from the next room but can hear me whisper chocolate from downstairs?

Glad that I stopped by from the HHH!!


september August 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

great list! stopping by from the HHH!


The Reader August 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

Love the list!

One of my boys has written a song called the “ah-no-leave it!” song. It goes like this, sung to the dog — “Ah-no-leave it! Ah-no-leave it! Ah-no-leave it!”

Same child can simultaneously be wrestling and hugging on the dog AND yelling for me to come get this dog away from him. ????

They can “forget” to throw away juice containers, half-eaten apples, green strawberry tops, etc. but somehow detect if I throw away the one-arm-broken-off, came as a toy with a burger, hasn’t been played with in 6 months toy.

And, just about the time I throw away that random piece to the board game that they never play and will never miss and I am tired of saving the piece for when they remember to take it and put it in the game box — they will want to play that game that day, for the first time in over a year. Next time I will toss the whole game…..

Oh, and one who refuses to learn to read can yet somehow work Paint flawlessly on the computer, can navigate the Nintendo without help, can memorize all kinds of symbols in his life. Except those pesky symbols called letters and the sounds they stand for. Luckily he’s still young enough that I am not too worried, yet, about this…..even while I wonder if he’ll go through life as a functional illiterate.

mostly, there’s always “at least they love each other!!!!” 😉


Jessica August 11, 2011 at 5:10 am

Those are hilarious! My husband tries to do the “pool only” version of showering when we are at the beach. Ick!


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