This afternoon we drove downtown to do some errands. We waited in the car while Li went into the library to return old books and videos and pick up what was waiting for us. Kanoa was waiting to go to French and Brawn, a mom and pop type grocery store, to get a big cookie. He brought along the change he found on a wooden toy ship that he had dumped there weeks ago. On our way, we went into The Village Shop so I could buy some licorice jelly beans for our family friend Jene (who is like a Grandmother to us all). I knew Kanoa would remember that place and had probably forgotten about it since we had not been there for a long time. He picked out a lollipop, Twix bar, and two packs of bubblegum. He was SO happy! He chatted enthusiastically the whole time.
Makana was deciding what to buy with the money she had and was talking with the store owner. As the store owner came around from the counter by the kids, Kanoa looked up at her and said, "Can I please tell you something?" The lady said, "Sure." Kanoa said, "I like this store even better than French and Brawn." I think she liked what he said.
Then when we got to French and Brawn, we saw one of the familiar cashiers and the first thing Kanoa did was to go up to her and tell her that he found a place he likes "even better than this place." Li and Makana were embarrassed that he said that. I told them that he didn't know any better yet. He's only 5. He was being honest and I didn't think she would mind as she wasn't the owner and knows how much he loves sweeties. I did briefly mention to him that it is better to not tell people who work there that you like another place better. I bought chicken and we walked back to the car. As Kanoa was getting in he said to me, "I'm a lucky man."
|Well....I did capture it in one blurry photo I snapped before he realized I was taking pictures and began to make funny faces. Sitting so tall and proud...he's doing important things here....and sitting where big sister sits. Big stuff.|
Oh....one other big thing....he's starting to use the potty! He started occasionally using the potty to pee. Just sometimes. Then recently he started to sit on it before bed. He's still only done this like 5 times or so. This afternoon he said he needed privacy and started to move things to make a private space in the room I was sitting in. Hmmm. I asked, "Do you need to poop?" Yes, he did. I asked him if he wanted to sit on the potty. He said yes, but we'd have to run - he had to go right now! So we ran upstairs and he pooped. He asked me to shut the bathroom door and I pushed it with my hand from the spot on the floor where I was sitting. Suddenly Kanoa got off of the potty. Why? To shut the door all the way. Oh...I hadn't realized that he wanted it shut All the way. When he was about to get back on the toilet seat he noticed his poop. "Wow!" he shouted! "It looks like a beehive!" I laughed. Omg..a beehive. I had to get up to look. Well, yes...it did look like a beehive. We've been talking a lot about bees lately. Big topic of conversation as Makana is nervous about bees. The beehive sunk lower in the toilet. He saw it sink. He got on and finished up. But not before giving me Makana's ipod in case we wanted to take pictures (he loves silly selfie's). Now why would I want to take pictures there? Well, I did. Selfie's, silly selfies, and one picture of Kanoa using the potty so we can remember this time. My last kid using the potty. Well....even this "last" thing can make me feel bittersweet. But rather than dwell on the many "lasts" he'll be doing, there are many firsts and new things he'll get to try and that will be exciting.
Just as I was typing this, Kanoa came over and whispered in my ear, "Mommy, tell me when I get to be an adult." I said okay and then I explained how he is getting a little older and older each day. I still don't know why he was contemplating that, but that is what he was thinking about at that moment. He can shift from one topic to another so fast. Right now it is all about bubblegum.