Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Teacher

Jack and I were alone together in the playroom one afternoon last week. He was running laps around the train table with his various Thomas trains, and rearranging the tracks to his liking. I was unpacking a box of toys and not paying much attention to him.

Then, he asked me, "Mom, where's Percy?"

"Hmm...I'm not sure. Which one is he?", I asked him.

(Interrupting) "Oh, here he is. See, Mom...he's green with red stripes."

And, then it hit me.

My son knows something that I don't know.

He knows the names of every one of his trains - and he has over 50 of them. He knows which ones go with the cabooses, or whatever the hey they're called, and I couldn't name them all if my life depended on it.

I sat down on the floor next to him, watching his eyes as I asked him, "Who's this?" and "What's this one's name?" He lit up as he named them and pointed out special and interesting things about each one of them.

My son. The teacher.

Me. The student.

I loved learning from him. He was passionate and thorough and thoughtful. His face was animated and responsive. I knew it was important to him that I understand. And, I was captivated.

I have 33 years of life knowledge to share with my boy.

I want to be the kind of teacher he is.


  1. Sarah,
    You are such a great mom! I hope that you'll continue to take the time to savor each little moment God gives you with your children. They'll remember it!

  2. "I want to be the kind of teacher he is."

    You already are...where do you think he learned it from? :-D

  3. Jack's face when he is excited about something is SO precious - I can just imagine him describing it all to you. And the fact that you dropped what you were doing to learn from him...such a great example, Sar.

  4. You are such a great mommy... thanks for the good example!

  5. I know the feeling of your heart bursting with pride at watching your child grow and experiencing their knowledge and skills.

    Trust me Sarah, it gets waaaaay better. You are in for a great ride with these little men.

  6. So sweet....and of course he is brilliant...look at the genes he's got going for him.

    Love the new sidebar pix!

  7. How amazing that he can name 50 trains! Just makes you amazed at that brain of theirs soaking up information. I love it.

  8. this story is so sweet!

    and i'm totally impressed he knew so much about trains.

  9. You already are my friend. Your boys are blessed to have you for a mommy!