KB woke up a few times last night (March 20) and somehow managed to fall back to sleep. He woke up earlier than usual this morning (March 21) and said to me, "Mamma, you know why I woke up last night, because I am so excited about today. It is March 21! It is a very special day". He had already told me a little about why he thought it was special so I said "Yeah yeah" and I tried to get a few more minutes of sleep. A little later he got out of bed and had a bath and was getting dressed when he told his dad about why he was so excited. He listed a three or four reasons to which B just nodded and came to the kitchen. Suddenly in typical KB style we heard him sounding frustrated in the verge of tears. B went in to ask him what and KB said loudly and sadly, "Daddy, I don't remember all the reasons why I said today was so special, can you tell me what I told you?". B was in a spot. Obviously he had not paid full attention while KB was talking. He said one of the reasons to KB. But KB was very upset. He said, "No Daddy, can you please tell them in the order I told you?". B came to me in the kitchen and said, "God, I don't remember anything of what he said". Of course for the sake of KB, I rescued him. Thankfully KB had told me the reasons the night before and I remembered. 1) It is the first day of spring 2)It is early release day at school 3)It is his roll no at school 4)It is Tim Duncan's jersey number 5) We were meeting our close friends for dinner. B heard these from me and went and reported back to KB. KB felt relieved that all the reasons were mentioned.
When I was driving him back from school, he told me, "Mamma, one thousand six hundred and eighty divided by eighty is twenty one". And then he said, "Mamma, these numbers all have fun patterns". I asked him what and he said, "for example, for twenty one, the units place of the top number and the denominator are the same. Like forty two divided by two or eighty four divided by four or one hundred and sixty eight divided by eight". I hadn't really noticed it until he pointed it out to me. Even the other day he said something like this about some other set of numbers. Children and their minds. It is a clean slate. They are able to see things differently more easily. Even with KG, her innocent queries sometimes makes me wish my mind was as clear.
I had gone to KB's school yesterday because he got one of those semester awards they give out to a bunch of students within the class. KB and another student in his class got a writing excellence award. I was happy for him but I realized I just don't enjoy all these award ceremonies. I feel some tension in my system when they are giving those out and I find it hard to get rid of it the whole day. Even if my children were getting a prize. I don't like how it makes the other kids feel and I don't like how it makes the other moms whose children did not get any awards feel. Children do deserve recognition but I just don't enjoy it. I told B that in the future, if either of our children won awards, I don't want to go to these award ceremonies and he should somehow find a way to take time off from work and attend them.
Well, spring is here. Joyous time of the year. Birds chirping, flowers blooming, grass looking fresh and green, kids playing outside till late evening. I just love it. Happy spring every one!