"Mommy? Do we have a book for my buh-lection?"
"Hmm?? What was that, Elijah?"
"A book. For my buh-lection. My leaf buh-lection."
I looked down at the two leaves he held in his hands.
"Ohhhh. A leaf collection. I see..."
My first thought was something along this vein:
oh man...that will take a long time...
finding an album...labeling the leaves...collecting a bunch of leaves...
well...I'd better let him.
It's not like he's asking to go inside and watch a movie.
He wants to do something creative and school-ish.
I love things that are creative and school-ish.
What kind of homeschooling mother would I be if I didn't
let my little boy make a leaf collection--
especially when he asks to do one!
Besides--he's saying "collection" so CUTE!
I wonder how I will spell "buh-lection" on my blog??
I'd better give him an answer now.
"Why, yes I DO have a book for your leaf collection Elijah. Let's go get it."
Linnea was four steps ahead of me.
She loves doing that kind of thing.
She took a notebook from the shelf.
"Will this one work, 'Lijah?'
They both hurried to the table; Elijah grabbed his pencil box.
"Ok....'Elijah's Leaf Book' will go at the top," Linnea said.
Elijah used his glue stick to smear glue on the back of a maple leaf
and an oak leaf and smoosh them on the paper.
Linnea wrote "maple" under the maple leaf and
"oak" under--you guessed it--the oak leaf.
And then they were done.
Well, that wasn't so hard now, was it?
And I was all set to say "no."
Just 'cause I didn't feel like it.
And 'cause I thought it'd end up to be a big project.
For heaven's sake, he's only THREE.
What was I thinking--three-year-olds don't do big projects.
They do whatever they can in four and a half minutes, tops.
And then they move on to the next thing.
I need to say "yes" more
and "no" less.
It's not like it was an obedience issue--
it's about letting the children explore the things that bring them joy;
the things that will help them blaze their trail in life.
I'm so glad that Elijah made his little buh-lection.
It's on the fridge--reminding me to say "yes."