July 30, 2006

Neither Fish Nor Fowl

When we were with RSM in Dahlonega, he let me take some pictures with his camera as I'd forgotten mine in the car. He took the boys panning for gold, which they loved. Even cooler was it was ‘in his backyard’.

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Later on, after we'd moved to the National Park RSM took us to, I saw my eldest boy in a stream up and I yelled down to him, “What are you doing?”

He stopped, looked up and said, “Altering the flow of the water, Mom”.

I sat there for a minute thinking, what in his mind thought had thought to do that? I mean, what was the thought process? I never look at a stream full of rocks and think, "I want to alter the flow of water.... I want to see cause and effect." And the way he stated it, “Altering the flow of the water…” I’m not sure, but the way he said it, it seemed older than his years. He didn’t sound 11.

And I sat there and thought, “Is this the same son that just hours before was acting like a 1st grader?” He does that. Sometimes he does things or says things and I look at him and say, “Hello?! How old are you?”

I was telling this to a friend of mine who has a son the same age. She’s a school teacher and her reply was, “Bou, he’s neither fish nor fowl right now… he is not a child, yet he is not a teenager. And you are seeing that.”

She’s right. He is neither fish nor fowl. I am keeping that in mind. And it makes it more pleasurable to watch, instead of frustrating.

The Professor isn't in these pictures, but he was playing as well. Bones was eventually drawn into this game of 'altering the flow of water', and so this is what they did, for nearly an hour, as RSM and I sat on the rocks and watched.

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Posted by Boudicca at July 30, 2006 10:52 PM | TrackBack

Very cool! I loved to do that as a kid. That and make boats to float down it.

Posted by: vw bug at July 31, 2006 06:36 AM

Neither Fish Nor Fowl? What a PERFECT description! Of course now that I have a few that are definately in the Fowl category, I wonder when they'll stop being Turkeys. LOL Now when I get mad and look at them, I'm going to be imagining Thanksgiving Dinner! :P

Posted by: Lemon Stand at July 31, 2006 07:17 AM

bou, your boys are precious. they look so intent about their pursuits. that's got to be a good thing, right?

Posted by: shoe at July 31, 2006 07:32 AM

It's growth. Pure and simple. Idle hands = idle minds . . . They will not suffer from idle minds.

Posted by: oddybobo at July 31, 2006 08:35 AM

With Such Creative and Brilliant parents I would expect no less.


Posted by: P'Cola Titan at July 31, 2006 10:13 AM

Oh what fun!

Posted by: Richmond at July 31, 2006 04:08 PM

We used to spend hours doing that... not sure which one of us came up with the plan, but it was a blast. And we actually did change the flow of the stream once... well, until the spring floods wiped out our brilliant engineering.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at July 31, 2006 08:15 PM

11 year old boys are a big pain in the you know what. My 17 year old is lucky he survived. I am just crossing my fingers that my girls won't be quite as irritating.

Posted by: Richard at July 31, 2006 08:54 PM

What wonderful activities your boys get to experience...your eldest son's comment shows that they have been taught to use their brains, instead of merely using their thumbs on inane and vacuous video games.

Posted by: Mrs_Who at July 31, 2006 09:27 PM

The Professor was probably designing the dam in his head. He's gonna be the engineer. Yeah, when I was 11, I liked to build dams as well.

Posted by: Denny at July 31, 2006 10:30 PM

Sounds like an incredible vacation. And I see you captured RSM's square head perfectly too!

Seriously, I remember the creak near my grandparent's house and how I wish I could still visit. The property was sold after my grandfather died so it won't happen now unless I ask permission of the new owners.

You. Eric & RSM helped them create memorable and wonderful moments during this vacation. If Bones does an essay about what he did this summer I'd love to read it.

Posted by: Michele at August 1, 2006 12:44 AM