Later I told her that I was really glad that she could bring up those sorts of things with me. In the future I may have to pray for quick wisdom to answer much more difficult questions, but I'm glad that the precedent for open discussion and questioning is being set.
As we were walking into the library she asked me, "Mom, do you think I talk
"Well, what do you mean by that?"
"I mean, do I talk too much so that it's annoying."
"Not really. Usually it's fine, but sometimes it is annoying if you don't stop talking when someone asks you to, or if you are not letting someone else talk when they want to share something.
I think that you are interesting, and I'm glad you can share what's on your mind."
My library has a book sale every year, and people donate throughout the year. If the books are not deemed worthy for the sale, they are put on a bench in the hall, free for the taking. I got some great children's books. I love Carl, and we only have Good Dog, Carl. The classic Golden Books look great, too. I could have brought home about ten more of those, but even when they are free I have to limit my book consumption.
Magazines pretty much just equal extra clutter around here, so I don't often buy them, but free is a different story. No, I'm not a vegetarian, but I really do love vegetarian cuisine. In fact, I think that if I had a personal chef, I could instruct him/her to prepare vegetarian meals for me all week long. Last week I checked out a great book called Spices of Life. It's not vegetarian, but it's more Eastern/Global than American, in that when meat is used, it's an accent, not the mainstay of the meal. There are informative two-page spreads about health in between each of the chapters. Another favorite is A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen by Jack Bishop. One thing that I really liked about this one is that he is a dad and wrote many recipes with kids in mind. Do any of you have any vegetarian-type cookbooks you enjoy?
I wanted to offer up proof that we are trying to put some of this stuff into practice. We went on a really nice hike later Saturday afternoon.
It was shady and really nice. There was quite an incline heading up, and then it was very flat coming back down the other side of the loop. We weren't sure how Kyle would do, and at 37 inches tall and 30 pounds, he's too big for the backpack carrier now. But he walked the whole way.
I'm not sure what the distance was, but we walked at a decent pace for about 25 minutes or so, and then we took it really slow for the last 25 minutes, because we had to indulge one of the all-time-favorite nature activities: throwing rocks into water.
To top it off, when we got home, I kicked the soccer ball around in the driveway for a little while with Amanda.