Jul 31, 2014

Two opposing forces

It occurred to me the other day, how my two boys are complete opposites.

As a child, Number One did not like to eat meat (he is still pretty selective). His favourite food was tofu, and he would willingly accept green leafy veges before a chicken drumstick.
Number Two instantly gravitated to meat as a bub, and as soon as he had teeth, would happily gnaw the meat clean off a bone .

Number One loves music. As a bub, he would bounce up and down on his stubby legs when he heard music. He now sings in several choirs and has perfect pitch even though he has never been formally trained.
Number Two is - to put it bluntly (I'm sorry, babe if you ever read this!) - tone deaf! He has an innate ability to sing a song so that you will never recognise it.

Number One is introverted and loves to read. Number Two is extroverted. He derives energy from socialising.

Number One is academically inclined. Number Two does not like school except for the fact that you can hang out with friends there.

Number One is - (I'm sorry too babe!) - physically challenged. Sports comes hard for him (he gets it from me!). Number Two stunned us when he kicked a ball in motion just a few months after he learnt to walk. He has great reflexes, his coach has said.

As you can guess, they get into a lot of tiffs, especially now that Number Two is older and establishing his own identity. Thankfully, they share one trait that unites them - their love of play, and their understanding that their most available playmate is each other.

Jul 1, 2014

When I grow up, I want to be a baby

I've been watching lots of Hi-5 lately, and there is this song they sing which goes like this :
"When I grow up, I want to be like you...". They point to 5 year old kids while singing this.

It's a bit strange at first, but it actually makes perfect sense. When I grow up, I want to be a child!

In fact, I want to be a toddler or a baby.

I want to be amazed at everything. I want to feel the grass under my skin and be amazed. I want to walk on gravel, and pause after every crinkly sound I make, to savour it and be amazed.

I want to have a boo-boo magically made better by a kiss.

I want to forget yesterday's boo-boo, and go on as if it never happened. I want to be able to get so angry at someone, I scream and cry and rage, and then forget it ever happened and love them more than before.

I want to  have a smile so innocent and pure, it makes almost everyone, young and old, white and black, involuntarily smile when they see it.

When I get tired, I want someone to carry me.

I want to laugh, really laugh, with peals and peals of laughter that echo ringing bells.

Jun 16, 2014

Optimistic, pessimistic or realistic?

Recently, Australia made world news. I found it so interesting, I asked a question over dinner...

"Which country do you think is the most pessimistic about its World Cup chances compared to its ranking?" I asked the three males.

Hubs named two European countries. "Nope," I said.

"England," said Number One.

"Yes, you're right,"  I said. He made the guess based on the stereotypical English gloomy outlook.

And which country is the most optimistic compared to its actual rankings?, I asked.

"Australia!" came the chorus of replies.

"Of course, Ozzie spirit, doncha know?" said Number One.

Yes, a poll was done and articles in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, remarked on how strangely optimistic the Aussies are, when in fact, they are the lowest ranked team and facing a very tough opening draw.

"Maybe the people polled were confused about which World Cup," said Hubs.

Yes, one of the columnist did mentioned that as a possibility. After all, there is the Rugby World Cup and Australia wins that one.

But the answer came quickly from the three males for a reason. Aussies are often quick to critique their politicians and tear them to shreds, but they are filled with hope for a sports event. "Of course, we are optimistic. What's the point of being negative before the game even starts?" I saw a commentor post.

"Well, there is being optimistic and then there is being realistic," said Hubs.