Warning: If you have a weak stomach, read no further!
One day when my nephew JW was three years old, he told my sister-in-law Debbie he came up with an invention. “First, you look for a snail. The bigger, the better. Lick them until your spit makes them really foamy. Then you stick ’em to the wall.” He called his invention, “Lick’n’Sticks.”
JW at age two
Even at age two JW proved to be a resourceful child. Debbie had JW help her turn the ground to get it ready to plant a garden. He grew more excited with each new worm he found and he put them in a coffee can. Soon he had quite a collection.
When it was time for a break, Debbie fixed an ice tea for herself and a Kool-aid for JW. As they sat under a shady tree sipping their drinks, Debbie noticed that JW had left some worms laying on the sidewalk.
“Look,” she said. “You left your worms in the sun. They’re drying up.”
“Are they hot?” he asked.
“The sun is just cooking them,” she said. Next thing she knew, JW plopped three worms into her ice tea.
“Here, let’s give them a drink,” he said. “They won’t drink a lot, just a yiddle bit!”
“Little boys leave smudges on your heart.”
Don’t you love precious moments like these that enrich our lives? Do you write them down so you can read them years later and chuckle all over again?
Sometimes we’re too busy to stop and jot it down, thinking we’ll remember what happened with no problem. Do you know how many memories I’ve lost because I didn’t put it in writing? More than I realize. Those memories fade with each passing day until they’re gone forever.
I’m so glad I recorded some of the funny incidents that happened not with only my own kids, but with my nieces, nephews, and friends’ kids. I get the biggest kick out of reading them nowadays.
Speaking of nowadays, last week JW graduated high school with high honors. He plans to become an engineer. The academic awards he’s garnered are too long to list, but let me say I’m awfully proud of this kid!
I think his parents (and all those who have raised a son) can relate to this quote:
“Like the changing leaves of fall, my little boy is now a man.”
~ Author Unknown
JW’s senior picture
Congratulations, JW, on a job well done. Let the next journey begin!
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(A version of these stories originally appeared in the Highland Community News in 1998.)