Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jabberwocky Joshua

That's what I call Joshua when he's in bad humor.  Lately that's been a more frequent occurrence and that is uncharacteristic for Joshy.  I suspect a growth spurt is on the horizon because he's also hungry all the time and tired.  He's due for one.  I was just thinking of starting to buy some spring and summer clothes.  He typically tries to outgrow any new clothes before he has had a chance to wear them.
Josh is a bookworm.  There's no way around it.  He always has his nose in a book.  He's on the next to last book in the Sisters Grimm series after only about a week and a half.  He read the first Harry Potter in 2 days.  The second took him 3 days - school cuts into his reading time.  Yesterday, someone suggested  that he'd like the Percy Jackson series.  Read them.  All of them.  He started the series when Matthew was on the second book.  Matthew has only just started the fourth and Joshua finished that series before he started Sisters Grimm.  We actually had to borrow them from the library because his brother wouldn't allow Josh to read his copies before he did.  Josh will read almost anything and has multiple things going on at one time.  Yes.  He's read through almost the entire Grimm series as well as countless comic books, a Lego building dictionary and some picture books all in the span of a week and a half.
Except for the voracious reading thing, Joshy is his Dad all over.  He looks like his Dad, talks like his Dad, quotes movies and books like his Dad and has an amazing ear for music like his Dad.  He is also easy going like his Dad, he falls asleep before I make it downstairs after tucking him in.  His Dad can be asleep downstairs before I make it downstairs after tucking Josh in too.
Very laid back he is....except for the germ thing.  He's a hand washer.  After the round of stomach flu we had last August and his general susceptibility to strep, I get it.  I just want him to make sure his hands are dry and he becomes a hand lotioner too.
He's still bored in school.  The work is too easy for him.  But lately he's seemed happier.  I suspect that his teacher let's him read a lot.  He missed some work when he was absent once.  Josh and I caught up with her before school to try to sort out the missing assignments and get caught up.  She said she wasn't worried about him with that particularly spelling page and just to skip it.  "You'd rather go read, wouldn't you?" she asked him.  That was all the invitation he needed.  He's always been fortunate to have good teachers that see him for the great kid he is and enjoy him.
This weekend is a big one for Josh.  He will make his First Reconciliation on Saturday.  His only disappointment is that he won't also be making his First Holy Eucharist this year.  In our diocese, they split the two and Holy Eucharist doesn't occur until third grade.  It is unfortunate because the curriculum we chose for our religious education homeschooling also prepares him for that sacrament as well.  He would be ready by spring.  He's ready now.  He has the knowledge and the desire, even if he can't pronounce transubstantiation.

So onward with guitar, piano, karate and baseball - books and minecraft - legos and rc cars.  And let this growth spurt be swift and over soon.  In the meantime, "Beware the Jabberwock!"



"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"

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