... and I am exceedingly blessed to have three nephews and a niece who are altogether brilliant, affectionate and bubbly! They have hilarious antics they might have gotten from their favorite cartoon shows, classmates or the adults around them and would sometimes utter profound or unthinkable words for their ages.
One evening when I was accomplishing my tutoring notes, my 4-year old niece quietly entered my room. She handed me a family pack of my favorite Sugo Hot and Spicy Peanuts while smiling warmly.
Omi: "Naynay, for you!"Me: "Thank you! Why are you giving me a present? It's not my birthday."She was quiet for some time, perhaps thinking of an answer to my question. I thought she did not understand what "present" meant so I continued to babbleMe: "When you're in school and you obey your teacher or give a correct answer, you get a star, right? Why are you giving me a present? Did I do something good?"Omi: "No Naynay. That is not a present. That is a surprise!"
And I was more surprised with the choice of word she used. Despite her very young age, she thinks maturely and talks logically. Sometimes she scolds her older brother who is eleven!
You see my brother has a collection of Zoids that started when he was in college and continues to buy it whenever he sees an interesting piece from the Internet. And my nephew is able to play with them infrequently especially when supervised also because it is costly. One day, my brother found out that one part was broken.
My brother: "What happened to this part, why is it broken now?"
My brother was trying very hard to control his temper while talking to his son. He muses that shouting and spanking are not really necessary.
Seth: "It's ok, we'll get another one!" (While patting his father's back, trying to appease him and sounding very adult-like!)
Kids... are not just smart but are often smarter than how we view them. That's why my mom often reminds us to be careful with our actions especially when the little ones are around. They are like sponges who absorb everything in their environment. And I really wish they woudn't grow up so fast because I am enjoying every minute of their cuteness and wittiness!