4.13.2007

Lilies of the Field

I probably spend an inordinate amount of blog space talking about how astute or intuitive or positively brilliant my children are...I just can't help it. They amaze me, and I hope they won't suffer too many ill effects from their mother being in awe of them more than half the time. I do try not to let it go to their heads...

Calvin spends a LOT of time thinking. His gears are always turning. It's a little unnerving in a four-year-old, but you have to understand that I'm not even exaggerating his vocabulary or matter-of-factness or comprehension. At least once a day during a lull in conversation, he voices a thought or question that sets me back a minute.

Many times I can smile because I know how his thought process went to arrive at a certain conclusion, and I can answer well enough help him connect the rest of the dots...

Sometimes I have to think a little longer to figure out what prompted his question and what he's really trying to get at (sometimes it all started three or four days - or weeks, or months - ago and he's been mulling that long)...

Sometimes I laugh outright because he's so serious and intense, and what he says is so unknowing and "way off" but so adorable that I just can't correct his outlook yet...

And sometimes, I get a lump in my throat from the sweet little understanding or tender opinion he has about things, especially when I honestly cannot connect any other discussions or memories with what he tells me...

Yesterday, as we were waiting in the drive-thru at McDonald's (you see, it's not ever in any extraordinary setting), he said, looking out the window, "You know, Mom? I think Heavenly Father thinks even the plain, little birds are important."

I don't have any idea what Calvin was considering that made him arrive at that little gem, but it brought to mind those verses in Matthew Chapter 6, and made my heart stop for a minute, then fill to the brim with clarity and gratitude for all the things in my life that are arrayed even better than Solomon in all his glory.

16 comments:

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

So sweet.

"Plain little birds" is adorable. You'd have to be pretty smart to create even a plain little bird. My kids and I talk about how smart HF and Jesus are every so often. :)

Morning Glory said...

Priceless!

Theresa said...

I would say that he just connected the dots with what he sees Mom and Dad living! Good job!

Angela said...

You know, I saw some of this firsthand----it's really quite a unique characteristic in a four year old, in my humble opinion.

I would love to know where that comment originated. Sure is tender.

An Ordinary Mom said...

This has always been one of my favorite scriptures and I love the song as well. You are a great mother to your boys!

Katrina said...

Awww... so sweet. And so true. If his little heart can hold on to that truth, it will get him through those not-so-great times that life throws at all of us.

I love all your stories about Calvin, maybe in part because he reminds me of Camden at that age. There's something about a serious, thoughtful little boy that is just so precious.

Jennifer B. said...

Priceless.

chris said...

extraordinarily wonderful and maybe God's way of balancing the scales a little for having to miss ny.

Amber said...

What a sweet, sensitive and intuitive little boy he is.

Crystal said...

"From the mouths of children..." What a wonderful little boy you have and he is echoing what he sees in you. Enjoy!

Montserrat said...

Its wonderful that he can feel so comfortable in sharing his little observations with you and not feel like he will be laughed at.

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

Awesome, I love it! I love it too, that you are writing these "gems" down so that you don't ever forget them.

What will he become as he grows older? It certainly makes me wonder!!

scribbit said...

I figure moms are meant to think their kids are amazing, it makes the times they wake up in the night sick easier to deal with or the times they're not so sweet bearable :)

No Cool Story said...

I probably spend an inordinate amount of blog space talking about...
Oh please do, that was precious :)

Adwina - Mom of 1 said...

Wonderful...

Jamie said...

This song was sung at our Easter program. Thank you for mentioning it so I could think about the wonderful message again.