I find it interesting, if I need to accomplish an impossible number of tasks in a day James is hard. When our plans include leisurely meals, a trip to the park, and some lego time, he is an angel child! Is this a cruel trick of Murphy's Law? No, James isn't the one who changes. Many of the exasperating stunts he pulls in the middle of crunch time would be down right adorable, camera worthy, and impressive in a moment when he had my undivided focus. I mean come on, balancing on the edge of the guest bed with a picture frame in each hand and a mouth full of crayons? That could be a circus act right there. Or what about the push a chair to the counter to reach bowl of cold soup leftover from lunch trick? A stroke of genius!
And I guess I can mention, it's harder to chase down that little monkey while perpetually carrying his little brother...I guess that's a given, but I forget these obvious details until I'm at their mercy.
Did you know that toast is a great way to teach patience? It is. I didn't even do it on purpose. James loves toast (who doesn't?) but in order to make toast there is some waiting involved. The first several times were pretty difficult for my little man. He'd wail and protest the injustice of waiting for the blessed "POP." Then slowly he started to understand. Bread goes in, you wait a while, and toast comes out. Now he tells me to wait for the "POP" and then listens intently. Without fail, "POP!" "TOOS!"
This concept carries into other things too. I've caught myself telling him to wait for other things to "POP." It's a patience cue. The ability to wait is a skill we develop, not one that comes naturally. There are a few things in my life I'm waiting for. Big things. I guess James and I are learning together.
I'll let you know when the toast pops.