Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Growing up ...
I just realized today exactly how much Chase is changing. He comes home from school with his best friend, Brenden, and they decide they want to listen to music in the front room. Then they decide to dance in their crazy like-a-chicken way (stepping forward then backward, moving their necks in and out). Only they don't know they look like chickens ... and I think they are slightly offended when I can't hold back the giggles. So they ask me the "cool" way to dance (by the way, "cool" is the word for everything these days!) and I show them a more relaxed, side-to-side, no-chicken neck way. They're thrilled with that and request new songs ... Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback, Staind, Jack Johnson and James Blunt pass their "cool" song inspection and are instantly turned into dance tunes. They request one of their old favorites, "Summer of 69" before retreating to Chase's room.
Once in Chase's room they decide to make up their own song. Brenden sings and Chase plays the guitar (which he doesn't know how to play, however he strums with no apparent rhythm and both boys deem that "cool"). They sing "It's a UFO" (the other chimes in with "UFO"), "it's a UFO (UFO)", over and over again. They come to play for me (this time I'm able to stifle the giggles) then head to the bedroom to play more (and more loudly I must note).
Then it dawns on me. There's no more Bionicles, no making up characters for imaginary, now it's things that are "cool", listening to music and making their own songs. My, how they are growing up.