Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gunnerisms

My youngest son is quite the little pill lately. He has been keeping me hopping...unfortunately over dirty underwear, toys he has pulled off the shelves, pieces of paper he has "cuttin' up" and other random paraphernalia. To remember the craziness that is Gunnison, I thought I'd share a few little funnies with you.

We've been working with Gunner to fold his arms and close his eyes for the prayer. He knows what to do, he's been doing it forever, but lately has been refusing to participate. So, one evening at dinner, we reminded him to fold his arms. He opened his large blue eyes (even wider than they normally are), spread his arms open, palms up and declared, "I can't! I'm sorry, I just can't!" He looked so ridiculously serious, as if he simply couldn't fold his arms and close his eyes.

Another prayer incident occurred at church. We were sitting in the foyer, due to loud naughtiness, when it came time for the closing prayer. I told him to close his eyes and fold his arms. He dutifully crossed his skinny little arms and squeezed his eyes shut...only for them to pop open immediately. He exclaimed a little too loudly, encouraging snickers from other foyer-parents, " It's too dark behind my eyes! It's just too dark!" This has become a common refrain at prayer. He has even gone so far as to ask for a light due to the darkness behind his eyes.

I don't know if I have mentioned how very into Star Wars my boys are. Seriously into it. Gunner knows who Bubba Fett, Hans Solo, Jabba, Leia, etc. are. He knows WAY more than I do. His love for Star Wars plays a part in his imaginary play, choice of toys and daily life (he'll pretend his fork is a light sabre and attack his food or brothers with it). Anyway, so the other Sunday we were out in the foyer due to loud naughtiness (hmmm...might there be a trend here?) and I was making him sit on my lap and be still. The rule is: outside of the chapel you are still in trouble and required to sit still and be reverent until you can go in and be reverent. So we were perched on the couch and I decided to tell him the story of David and Goliath-thinking he would appreciate the violence in the tale. He was so into it! He was listening intently and really focusing on my telling of it (I was being fabulous, with animated voices, expressions, the works). Congratulating myself on being an A+ mother, I get to the part where David is standing up to battle against Goliath. "David pulls out his trusty sling, puts in a rock, swings the sling once...twice...a third time and lets the stone fly! Gun, what do you think happens next?" The reply was given with his oh-so-wide eyes, " Darth Vador comes?!" Uh....no.... Unfortunately for my premature back-patting, Gunner lost interest with the story once he heard my answer. If only Darth Vador was featured in the Bible and Book of Mormon, my kids would be all over reading the scriptures!

9 comments:

Jeff, Jenny and Pearl said...

It must be the age because lately Pearl has had more church time outside in the foyer (getting kicked out of nursery 2 weeks in a row to boot) and refuses to fold her arms and close her eyes during the prayer too. Glad it's just not my kid!

Jill said...

Ha ha, that is so funny! Good luck with the prayer thing - we've had our issues, too...

whitney said...

I love them all! I laughed particularly hard at the darkness behind his eyes. Poor boy had better just get used to it ;)

Kara and Theo said...

So cute! I can just hear his little voice now. At least he has excuses for not being able to cross his arms and close his eyes. Emma just pouts and says very defiantly, "NO!". *sigh* Hopefully one day I can look back and laugh, but today is not that day. :/

Steph said...

Ha-larious!! I laughed so hard!! What a little character! I love how he has good, solid reasons in his mind for not wanting to be reverent during the prayer. I'm with everyone else...Ella just refuses (well, unless she deems it the 'thing' to do *sigh*). What a cute boy. He defintely isn't going to fall back behind your other boys' bigger-than-life personalities. :) Give him a big kiss from Auntie!!

Aubrey said...

Oh thanks for the laugh. I love hearing what kids say, and am kind of looking forward to when Samuel can talk and say funny things like that. Maybe you should make Laman and Lemuel Darth Vader...

Anna said...

It's amazing how quickly he Gunner has grown up in the last six months. It seems like he has gone from a toddler to a boy over night. I love his larger-than-life personality, and will miss these fun Gunnerisms...especially on Sundays.

holyoak said...

One small word of advice. Avoid the foyer, go to a small classroom (if available). It is way boring and the point of still having sit quietly seems to come a little more quickly. I fear the imagination thing may have a little of me written on it. I fought all sorts of foes, had a wife and children on the mountain behind our ranch, etc., etc., I have heard tell that my Primary teachers thought I was a stonecold pathological liar and feared for my eternal salvation! Perhaps their lessons should've mixed in a little Darth Vador and I would've stuck around mentally a little longer before drifting off to climb my imaginary mountains...
To me it is obvious Darth Vador and Goliath have much in common! I could tell you all about it, all it takes is a well tuned imaginator... ;)

holly said...

I love it. There's nothing better than reading someone elses experiences to realize my three year old is not the only crazy one out there.