Friday, August 6, 2010

Roman James Painter

It all started because I was trying to prepare dinner. Roman was pulling on my legs and whimpering at my feet. If there is one combination that sends me to the zero patience zone, it's whiny children during dinner prep. So I thought, "You know what kid? Have at it!" I plopped him down in the highchair with a spoon and a bowl of luke warm refried beans. Ahhhh, peace and quiet. After everything was chopped and sizzling on the stove, I headed over to feed the baby. In one fluid motion, I plucked the spoon from his hands and scooped a bite for the little starving guy. Finally, my eyes settled on him for the first time, his hands were frozen in the air. He looked at me incredulously and dropped his little head on the tray. Roman screamed and cried and kicked his legs at my audacity. I made a big big mistake. He was eating...with a spoon...for the first time...by himself...and I interrupted. So I put the spoon back in his hands and softly encouraged him to keep going. His little 16 month old tantrum tears dried up in a nanosecond and he was back at work. I sat on a stool across from him and watched for a few moments. This time I thought, "You know what kid? What sort of person would I be without you? I love you so much!" I promised myself to slow down a little, and to pay attention a lot more.

10 comments:

Erin S said...

Awww, what a sweetie! He is getting so big!

Haney family said...

I love that second to last pict- proud and mischivious! love that gleem:)

Bailey Family said...

It is by small and simple things that we learn the most grand and precious truths!

Christy said...

he is so cute and getting so old. good for you for taking a step back and realizing what was important in that moment. it is so hard to do sometimes!

Isaura said...

oh my goodness how sweet. ok, i am in utah tending my brothers children and just had a refried bean inccident with my 17 month old niece. yesterday for brkfst i made the kids eggs, refried beans and toast. she ended up having crusted beans all in her hair and evrywhere else. drieds up beans are not fun to clean up.
what a milestone for both of you! such a cute little guy.

Lora said...

a good lesson that is so easy to forget- You captured it perfectly!

what a handsome little guy!

Tiffany said...

Darling pictures! I love the one with the spoon sticking out of his mouth. And gotta love that independence!

Lauri said...

yes, I hear you! that dinner prep time is always so difficult for me too. thankfully adeline hasn't learned how to whine yet!

McAtee Family said...

Thanks - I apparently needed to hear that today cause I just welled up with tears. Here's to slowing down and paying more attention to the three little ones that are what my life is really about.

Jill Revell said...

oh i needed that reminder! he is getting so big! what a good lookin' boy!