Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Are all French people lefties?

I love having a 5 year old around. I loved having a 4 year old as well and was very sad to see 4 go. But 5 is good too. 5 year olds can do things like put their blankie on the floor, lay their heads on top of it and turn around in circles. Then they can let out big sighs of satisfaction. 5 year olds can have a blankie. And they can take long, satisfying sniffs of it when they want to without having to explain themselves to anyone. Although sometimes they do anyway. I like it when they do.

5 year olds are very proud of their accomplishments and they aren't shy about telling you so. My 5 year old has had a particularly achievement-ridden summer and is feeling very satisfied with herself. She is proud that she has learned to swim by herself. She is overjoyed by the fact that she can now ride her bike without stabilizers - and now wouldn't dream of being seen at the park with them (gasp!). She is quite impressed with herself since she learned how to play Dominoes. Dominoes are important to 5 year olds.

But most of all, 5 year olds say really, really great things. Point in case, when my father asked my 5 year old what hand she writes with she correctly answered "my right hand", but when it was pointed out that her father writes with his left hand, she quickly responded with "he's French you know." This is a perfectly respectable and logical answer in a 5 year old world where apparently all French people are left-handed. She also lightly giggles when she tells her teacher that her daddy "doesn't speak very good English", but gets away with telling people to do things "in a jippy" and is allowed to comment on her sister's "junkbeds" without anyone taking offense.

I love having a 5 year old around. It puts life into perspective and makes me smile. I hope 6 will be just as good.

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

6 is just as good, except he is bursting out of his own little bubble, which I know is good, but selfconsciousness has started kicking in. Sigh...

The Devil's Dance Floor said...

And here I thought one, two, three, and four have been pretty fantastic- you certainly have me looking forward to 5 now!

Congrats to your big girl learning how to ride her bike all on her own! The Boy has been begging me to take the training wheels off his bike, but until he learns to stop it without running it into the wall- I think it's better that they stay on!

Krazy Kate Designs said...

So cute!

BellWookie said...

LOL! I love kid logic! Has she picked up on the she knows everything mantra yet? I think that might be my least favorite part of five. What a smart girl.

Bon said...

i think i want a five year old now. or rather, i'll borrow yours if you happen to have a transatlantic flight to spare...

:)

as for the leftiness...O is half-French. he thus far seems ambidextrous. clearly the five year old has it figured out.