When we were in Mexico, Luke decided to participate in a ping pong tournament. And by that I mean he said, “I’m going to win the ping pong tournament.” Well, the only issue was that the tournament was at 4:30, and none of us had watches, and there were no clocks anywhere. So, we just decided that after lunch we would spend the rest of the day at the pool nearest to the ping pong table. That plan worked well and before we knew it, Luke had won the ping pong tournament and all was right with the world. Oh, except for one little thing. The activities directory had told Luke there was a prize and then he faded away into the sunset before any prizes were awarded. I told Luke that we’d just find Luis tomorrow, and that he should just be happy with the bragging rights as an award.
That night we went to dinner at the fancy resort restaurant, and got on a 1 hour wait list. So I ran the kids over to the buffet for an appetizer while Dave held our spot. On the way back, we saw Luis, and he said, “I’ll be right back!” Into his office he went to rifle through drawers for a prize. I told the kids he was saying, “Shot glass? No. T-shirt? No. etc.” He came out with a tee-shirt, a plastic sun visor and a shot glass. We said, “Thanks!” and went off to find Dave. I told Jack to wear the visor and act like it was no big deal. This translated into Jack putting the sun visor on upside down, hair everywhere, arms raised, head bobbing from side to side saying, “WHAT!? It’s no big deal?!?!”
The king of subtlety.
Bonus Jack story, because I never want to forget the period of time (currently happening) where Jack wrote BOSS on everything. When we were doing our Christmas cards, I gave one to Jack to write for his teachers at daycare, to go with some cookies. He can write most of his letters, but he can’t really read or spell much. So when he wants to write something, he tells me what he wants to write, and I tell him how to do it, letter by letter. When he can’t remember how to do a letter, I draw it in the air, or try to form it with my fingers. This explains why some of his letters look a little odd. ANYWAY, he said he wanted the card to say, “To the boss of <Daycare name redacted>” I told him how to spell it, and that was that. But somehow, he remembered how to write BOSS, and now he writes it on everything. His drawings from school say “JACK BOSS” on them, doodles say “BOSS” etc. Dave and Luke and I find this to be totally hilarious, and we want to call him boss, and start using boss as a synonym for awesome, and everything else. But, unfortunately, Jack thinks we are making fun of him, and he doesn’t like it. And yet, BOSS lives.
I just want to hold onto this phase. Pretty soon he’ll be reading and writing, and leaving for college. But for now, I am loving this BOSS phase.