One year, the Actual First Best Thing was a field trip to go skating. Clearly, ditching any tests to get on a bus and slip and slide around all morning on some ice was a great plan. Unfortunately, when the mechanisms that create the frozen wonderland of slipping and sliding malfunctioned the morning of the planned trip, Actual First Best Thing melted into a sad puddle of disappointment.
Think, think! I told myself when I got the news from the rink. I cannot break this to a class full of expectant would-be ice skaters by saying, "Actual First Best Thing is not happening, children. We have been let down. Now take out your vocabulary books." I must quickly manufacture a Next Best Thing and then sell the heck out of it as the replacement.
Fortunately, sock skating around the gym was a cost-free, set-up free, materials-free, miracle of a Next Best Thing. Phew!
This skill is no less important with blog readers. I'm afraid I have let you down with the Actual First Best Thing that one tunes into a blog for. You know, um, blogging. Yep, that is precisely what I haven't done in far too long, but how about the Next Best Thing--sock blogging! Or maybe that was just a situation-specific Next Best Thing trick....
The Next Best Thing to having kept up with posts sharing funny kid stories over the past two months is that I'm back with a new post every week for the next two months! Yep--tune in every Monday throughout July and August for new kid stories and quotes. I've got a stockpile!
On with the typing of things onto the computer! At least, I think that's how I remember this whole blogging thing working. After all of this ado, we're now getting to the actual post within this extended post.
Third graders keep extensive stores of advice on hand for really any situation you could think of, just waiting for someone to ask them. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to benefit from eight-year-olds' advice about love, Parent Night furniture arrangement, nutrition, travel, and marriage.
The subject of babies is no exception to the list of topics about which kids will liberally advise. Most of the baby advice I received was heavily focused around diapers and crying (as my life will surely be as of October....).
Ammari alone provided as much advice as the entire rest of the class combined, and I am determined to follow all of it.
- Always celebrate birthdays for more fun.
- Have good times with the new person in the family for life.
- To stop a baby from crying, turn on the vacuum cleaner (may work may not).
This is perhaps the best advice of all. None of my baby advice books (by supposed professionals!) ever made this suggestion, which I feel is a definite oversight on their part. I am making it my mission to indeed have a small baby. Surely they have got to be easier to take care of, and I can only imagine how pleased I will be with Ammari's advice and my decision to follow it once labor rolls around.
See you next Monday!