Do you know how some people are said to have an old soul? Well, Spencer is one of those people. He is 5, but I constantly have to remind myself of it. If I didn't have to look down to talk to him, I might forget all together. He really is 5 going on 45 - an Alex P. Keaton in the making.
He is a manager: A while back I asked Spencer to do something, but instead of just asking him outright, I phrased it as a suggestive question like, "Why don't you got get your pajamas on?" Some might call that being passive aggressive, but I'll just go with suggestive. So, for some reason, the kid didn't put his pajamas on and found himself smack dab in the eye of my storm. At the time he looked like a deer in headlights, but he is a quick study; now when I suggest that he do something, he immediately asks, "Mom are you asking me or telling me?" I just hope I haven't done any permanent damage.
He is a literary critic: The weekend before last, Spencer went up to our room to rest while the other kids were napping. He was told that he could come downstairs at 2 o'clock. At 2 and 12 seconds, Spencer appeared downstairs with two books in hand. I asked what he was doing with the books and he said, "reading them" - he had two Robert B. Parker books. He said he only read a couple of pages and they were good, but the author wrote a bit too much about guns. Hi - who are you?
He is a discriminating food critic: Today we were making Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and he said he was sure he would still be able to taste the zucchini because he had "very good taste buds". His favorite foods are carnitas and salmon. Hunh? Hey, five year old have you ever heard of hamburgers and french fries?
He is a theologian: Last night after a brief discussion about death, Spencer explained, with many hand gestures, that on one side were the people who believed God created everything and on the other people who believed in an explosion. He said he was, "somewhere in the middle, but leaning more toward the creation side". I know there is a kid in there somewhere....
I found him - he was at the Slip n'Slide the whole time.