We are in the process of sealing our driveway. It hasn't been done probably ever-- and so it is a big job. We've filled the cracks once, applied the sealant, and realized we need to fill the cracks again before applying a final coat.
This project seems like it has been going for ages, with the boys wearing its unwashable black stains on their skin. Many a short sleeved shirt and pair of shorts has had to be thrown away as well. Sigh...Today, I thought I'd hurry it along and so I started work on it when all the children seemed absorbed in their own projects and games.
After a long while Jacob came out with a can of soda, "Can I have this?" he asked.
"Sure," I said, "but only if you stay out here with me where others won't see you drinking it and want one of their own," and that was the best decision I made all day.
Instead of working in silence, I had the pleasure of listening to Jacob's interesting thoughts spoken between his soda induced burps. He said things like...
"I can't count to one hundred, but some day I will be able to. You can count to one hun-(bbbuuuurrrp)-dred, Mama, and there is even such thing as one thousand and that's bigger. I think you could count to one thousand, but it would take you all day and you would have to do your chores late at night because you would have spent your whole day counting. So, in one way you can count to one thousand but in another way you really can't...Burrrrp...I think people who don't have chores could count to one thousand."
"I'm not sure if there's such things as dra-(buuurrrrp)-gons. I don't think there is such things as giants because they are so BIG and if there were such thing as 'em, I probably would have seen one. Maybe there is such thing as leprechauns because they are small and so even though I have never seen one, they...buuurrrp...might still exist."
"You got married to Papa in the olden days-- I know because I saw pictures of it...buuurrrp... and everything was black and white. You were not my mother then. I must have had a different mother, but I can't remember her at all."