As the end of the semester chaos begins and as Caribou needs more and more time with his family, my blogging is going to have to take a back seat until things slow down a bit. But, as an excuse to get a few more pictures of him on my blog, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned from ‘Bou so far:
First, in any social situation, if all else fails, just find the most comfortable place in the room, and go to sleep. You’ll get made fun of, and people will probably take pictures of you, but who cares? What’s better than a nap? Here is ‘Bou to demonstrate this invaluable technique:
Second, on Easter Sunday Caribou jumped up on me and ripped one of only two pairs of dress pants that I own. The next day he ripped my last remaining not-pitted-out Trinity t-shirt. Both times I really wanted to yell at him, but then I realized that I had not encouraged him not to do that, and to play with his toys instead. In fact, I had encouraged him to do it by the way I had been rough-housing with him. I need to try to remember this one when we have kids: Consistent discipline paired with positive encouragement.
Third, Caribou has taught me that clothes, as much as we might value them, are temporary anyway. They’re either going to get holes now or later. After he ripped my shirt, I started singing: “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also – Let Jesus Christ be praised! Be this while life is mine, my canticle divine – Let Jesus Christ be praised!” I never realized that having a shirt wrecked could be so worshipful.