The night before last, Caspian was in one of his "I'm too wired to sleep" moods. We were starting to get a little fed up with his stalling tactics, as it was after midnight and we were all in bed already. First he wanted "boo," then 80 drinks of water...but then he kept asking to pray, over and over. How do you say "no" to that? He doesn't know the sign for "pray" (we hadn't taught it), but he knows it involves "holding hands and closing eyes and bowing heads" (which is what we say after "It's time to pray!"), so he signs "read" then flips and flops his hands and fingers around each other when he wants to pray. Whenever we get to the "Amen," he grunts "unh unh" just after. That night, he just kept signing "more, more!" when we'd finish. It really makes you think, "Umm, do we realize what we're being asked to do here?" What a blessing! After about 7 or 8, though, we were falling asleep. At that point, I told Caspian it was his turn to lead the prayer!
He is getting so tall! Things that were safe just last week are now getting pulled down left and right! It's hard to get frustrated because I'm so proud of him. Speaking of proud, he finally started signing "please" on his own last week! He's combining it with the signs for whatever he wants, which is also exciting.
Lately he's been saying "nah nah nah nah" at seemingly-random times, and it's been driving us crazy trying to figure out what he's saying. It sounds the same as "banana" ("nah NAH nah"), except the inflection is totally different. Last night, we think we figured out it means "no no no" (great). Charlie took him into the bedroom, and Caspian didn't want to go. He said "nah nah nah nah" and shook his head "no".
I didn't write this, but I did tweak it a little:
An atheist was walking through the woods. "What majestic trees!" "What powerful rivers!" "What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. As he walked alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned and saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him!
He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him. He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer. He tripped & fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up, but the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him.
At that instant the Atheist cried out, "Oh my God!"
Time Stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent.
As a bright light shone upon the man, a Voice came out of the sky, "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?"
The atheist looked directly into the light. "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a believer now." He continued in desperation, "...but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?"
"Very Well," said the voice. The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. Hopefully, the atheist looked up at the bear.
The bear brought his paws together, bowed his head, and spoke: "Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen."
That ranks right up there with the old lady and the groceries story. :D
Here's another one I didn't write:
"ONE LESS: My DD will be one less girl to be injected w/ a substance of questionable value and unknown safety w/o her informed consent!"