Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Perspective on calamity

Wisdom speaks in Proverb 1:26: “I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you”. In helping Ethan understand this, I told him that calamity was when something really bad happens, or as he saw it, “like when I can’t put my Lego truck back together”.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another Ethan first: He sounded out N-A-P.

Beth has been teaching Ethan phonics, and he had already sounded out written words. But now as Beth and I were planning out the day, long before Ethan should have expected anything, we found that our simple encoding of one of Ethan’s less favorite parts of the day is no longer so secret.

Another Ethan first: He made an eco-friendly night light.

Ethan’s Christmas stocking contained a glow worm, one of those squishy, stretchy, nearly unbreakable critters. This one had a ball inside that lit up in various colors when it sensed an impact. It had a hole on the top, I think for hanging on the rack in the store.

Ethan had a different idea. He removed the knob from the dining room dimmer switch (how he knew it was removable, I don’t know), hung up the glow worm, and replaced the knob. Now when you want just a bit of light, just knock the critter.