Thursday, April 14, 2011

When My Kids Grow Up They Will Be?

Mama’s Losin’ It

Hello all!  Time for another of Mama Kat's pretty much world famous Writer's Workshop.  I'm a wee bit late today because it's nice out gosh darn and I've been outside working in the yard for a change.  Lots of great prompts this week so it was hard to pick one.  I decided to go with question number 2.)Based on their personalities, what do you think your children will be when they grow up?

My son,  Andrew, who is almost eleven is a natural at , well at all things natural and related to nature.  He has always been obsessed with Steve Irwin, Jeff Corbin and now Dr. Brady Barr of Nat Geo Wild's Dangerous Encounters.  Andrew is always the one to spot an animal/critter/reptile/bird of prey/insect and points it out to us (sometime even going 65mph on the highway).  Once he found a tiny toad, in the pitch dark, in a pile of leaves while camping.  I asked him how he found the toad and he replied "I just heard it rustling in the leaves!".  The best was the time he came running in the kitchen yelling he saw a snake.  I yelled where and he said my bedroom.  Turns out he was in his bedroom and saw a 5ft rat snake in the azalea bushes just outside his window. OMG, I nearly freaked out.  We watched that snake for nearly 2 hrs.  Andrew touched it's tail.  I just wanted to make sure it left my yard.  Instead it climbed way up one of our huge trees.  No idea where that snake is but it better not be in my house!  Next week Andrew is attending a mock Marine Rescue  at our local community center run by Mei Len Sanchez Barr (Dr. Brady Barr's wife).  They live in our town and she is just as amazing and accomplished as her husband.  Well she is bringing her baby alligator and among other things like tagging and measuring and assessing the animal the kids are going to sex the animal (determine it's sex).  Andrew has already informed me that he wants to do this knowing that it involves sticking your finger in the alligators hole to find out. WOW and I don't doubt that he will volunteer for this task.   So... keep your eyes out in the future for our next alligator/snake wrestling/dolphin swimming/shark tagging t.v. host.. Andrew P.  Can you spot the snake?

My daughter, Claire, age 8, wants to be a photographer when she grows up.  She really has a great eye for details and has taken some beautiful photos.  However, she will have to learn not to drop the camera and break the lens(but I'm not blaming her because a few months later I dropped the new camera and broke the lens!).  Truth be told though I do believe that Claire will end up in a profession or calling that helps other people (teaching, counseling, helping the poor, giving to the community).  Claire is full of empathy for others and is extremely sensitive and intuitive.  She can sense our moods and is so affected by them.  If her brother is upset and cries she is right there with him crying.  His hurt is her hurt, a friend's sadness is her sadness.  She is this way with both people and animals.  You can complain about having family over for a holiday meal and all the cooking you have to do and cleaning, blah, blah, blah... and she will chime in with "We should just be thankful that we have food and a house!"  Or, "I really don't care if Santa brings me stuff, because Christmas is really about giving, family and love".  And my favorite is when she caresses my face and  holds me tight saying "Mom, I want to hold on to you forever!".  I many times wonder what I did to deserve such a lovely little girl.  I ask her to stay this way forever and never change... but change is inevitable.  I so worry about her teen years.  She is so vulnerable and sensitive.  I know that whatever Claire becomes she will do it with all the care and love in the world!


  1. It sounds like you have WONDERFUL children. Your daughter is like my oldest. He can sense my mood (even if I'm trying to hide it). What a great post.
    P.S. I'm doing my "stylish award" post tomorrow.

  2. Had to laugh, they have so many big dreams and usually change them often until they find the one that they love. None of my children ever grew up to be what I thought they would be, but I am proud of them, every one.

  3. Sounds like you have great kids - mine are both grown and, while they're successful, are not at all what I imagined...LOL!