I love seeing them learn.
I love watching them think.
And I love that I get to teach them.
Recently, my youngest little man came to me, apple in hand, and asked in the sweetest little voice I’d ever heard, “Mommy, can I have dis apple?”
I’m not sure if it was the sweetness in his voice or the vibrant redness of the apple that set the spark, but suddenly I recalled a childhood memory from one of my most favorite shows of all time. For a moment, I was transported to another time. A time of jellyshoes, blisters, legwarmers and Shari Lewis.
I fondly remembered the characters with nostalgia…. Lamb Chops, Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse. Sweet Charlie Horse.
Impulsively, I grabbed the apple and bit into it.
And just as my little man was about to question my actions, I turned the apple around and watched as his eyes lit up at the sight of his apple that was now no longer just an apple…
…but a puppet brought to life from a vague memory of a Shari Lewis episode.
Once it came to life, it didn’t take long for the apple puppet to multiply. Soon there were three. And almost instinctively they all knew every word of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.