Wednesday, 28 April 2010


Talk about sweet.
Youngest was walking home the other day. He had been playing on the cricket field, as we do every fine day after school. Youngest and his best friend were the only ones left after a while, and they had played over by the hedge on the far side of the field for ages, seemingly perfectly happy to be mucking about doing Not Much.
Meanwhile I had been nattering away with best friend's mother. Realising the time, we called the boys over and all set off for home, Youngest and I sauntering back down the road to our house. The others getting into their car.
And as we walked away, Youngest calls back to his mate,
'Bye then! Love you!' Just like I say to him every morning as he goes into school.
'Bye!' comes the call back.
He notices me looking at him Askance, trying hard to keep a straight face.
'What?' he asks, somewhat impatient. 'Why are you looking at me like that?'
And he scuffs the ground with his shoe.
I stuff my laughter right back into my mouth.
And ruffle his hair and smile.
Because he is so right.
We SHOULD tell our friends we love them.
It's just that he is so SMALL to be so wise.

And here he is.


Robynn's Ravings said...

What a lovely thing you've passed on to him! And how great to see this entertainer we've heard so much about. :) Bye then! Love you!

Troy said...

Lovely photo - mind you, in London they are always saying "Mind the GAP" so he must have quite a reputation.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Robynn - love you too!!! xx
Troy - Husband and I giggled substantially re. Mind the Gap. WHY had I never thought of that... and what a great title for the post. Dammit. xx

Suburbia said...

Awwwwwww, how lovely.

My Small Sprog hugs some of his friends goodbye, some of them are quite taken a back. I think its nice to be openly affectionate. Good for your beautiful boy :)

Troy said...

Modesty prevents me answering your response.

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trash said...

Hello there bautiful young man. Good to remind the grown-ups occasionally

Sir Bruin said...

Please go back to lavatorial stories, you're making an old and ruffty tuffty biker feel all gooey! I've said it before, you have a fine young chap there.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Beautiful boy - beautiful disposition. You must feel so proud of him, and rightly so. A x

London City Mum said...

Gorgeous child and I think it wonderful that he farewells his friends that way!

Mind you, my kids seem to 'tag' it on to random salutations as well, including teachers, neighbours and, erm, dogs. Not sure who is more embarrassed, but would rather this than sullen temperaments!


joolzmac said...

Awww! *Teary eyed* God, I love little kid's innocence. That is really cool.


Anonymous said...

I love that he did that. The fact that your ways are becoming his ways. How fabulous!

The Blue Ridge Gal

diney said...

Lovely for a young boy to do that - he looks absolutely gorgeous!

Pamela said...

Another fabulous story about him and it is so nice to see him. You're a lucky mum. X

Tattie Weasle said...

I love it whent hey floor you like that. And yes you shoudl say love you to your a bloke way of course!

Lakeland Jo said...

Bless his lovely wee soul. I think we should tell our friends we love them- lots!

Libby's Library said...

So very very sweet...sending my love your way<3

Kate said...

How lovely! Keep encouraging him to tell people he loves them as he gets older - too many of us find it hard to do!

Ladybird World Mother said...

Hi there everyone, love you!!
Got my lazy old cow hat on today. Back from Devon, have written the next post, but am such a slothful figure that cannot do comments for each one. How hopeless is that.
Having said that, thank you everyone for saying such lovely, lovely things about my boy. xxx