Today I baby-sat four children for a couple of hours and I really had a nice time (with the exception of trying to cram together a book report for Classroom Management... I'm glad that's done!). The lone daughter in this family is quite a talker and as I sat in my lawn chair and she in hers, she kept up a steady stream of chatter that needed little to no response on my part for 45 minutes:o). We were discussing the much-anticipated arrival of her granddad and great-grandma from Florida and while Maria was describing her great-grandma in detail ("she's deaf, can't really see, and can sit down in a car to get here... but that's it"), she inserted this: "Oh! She's also old! Very, very old! She's like, 22!"
Since I am two years past being old! Very, very old!, I couldn't help but chuckle. Maria looked at me with confusion on her face, because she couldn't understand why that was so funny:o).
Eventually we all moved inside so I could "prepare" dinner (if putting 8 hot dogs into a pot and letting them cook constitutes "preparation"!). As I worked on doing some dishes, Maria threw out a question: "How come you're not married?" Trying to reason with a 6-year-old wasn't really going to work, so I just said, "God hasn't brought the right man along for me, so I'm waiting for God." Maria thought about that for a little while and then asked, "Well, do you know who is going to be the right one for you?" I swallowed a laugh as I tried to explain that Mr. Handsome Unknown is just that ~ Unknown:o). Maria contemplated that thought before she said, "Well, Peter's almost a grown-up." I felt like I was being offered a consolation prize in the form of her "almost-grown-up" ten year old brother;o).
The thing I enjoyed so much about Maria was her candid honestly. While I was telling Maria about the report I had to give in class tonight, she asked me if I was going to do my hair. I told her no and she said, "Well you should! It's sticking out everywhere!" That one deserved a hearty laugh! I think we as adults get so stilted in what we say and especially when we don't really mean it. We say a pat answer, and then turn around and think, "Oh wow. That was an ugly dress she had on but I just couldn't tell her that because she's my friend!" Hmm...
I really did enjoy my afternoon with the Z kids, even if my ego suffered a little bit! Oh, and for the record, the pony-tail came out before class;o).