"I Shout For JOY!" (On A Regular Day)

“Mommy, can I go in the Forest?”

“Um, yeah sure.”
“Mom, will you hold my hand so I don’t get lost?”
PLEASE Mom? I don’t want to get lost in the Forest so I need you to hold my hand and walk with me in the Forest.”
“Oh. Okay”
So I grab a little paw, still traced with baby chub, and we march off together to the three redwood trees on the side of the lawn.
When you are two, there can be forests in the suburbs.
I get really bored at home sometimes. I find no scope for the imagination in scrubbing floors or organizing cupboards. The other day I tried to get a game out of the hall cupboard, and they all fell on my head. I just left a deck of cards on the floor, because if you can close a door…plus, I hadn’t had my coffee yet…
I look at my son and I see the world for what it really is. He sees forests in the well manicured places. Everywhere is wild. Everything is an adventure.
We collect rolly poly bugs in the setting sunlight.
He stands in his sandbox, wearing undies because he’s already gone through three pairs of shorts, and three is the magic number where his mom quits trying to clothe him.
He looks intently at the ground, his feet start dancing, and he shouts in a singsong, “When I find a rolly poly bug I SHOUT for JOY! I SHOUT FOR JOY!”
And I look at him, half dressed, jumping for joy over insects and muse about the last time I shouted for joy, and inside my heart starts to sing along, shouting for joy over my little boy.
Today I’m linking up at Moms Without Blogs to record Conversations with my Kid and with My Life A Blog because she’s so cute 🙂

12 thoughts on “"I Shout For JOY!" (On A Regular Day)

  1. This is such a beautiful post. I also have trouble jumping into imaginary worlds, and get so bored w/ the cleaning (that I don't really do…) and the laundry. But it really is hard to stay bored when their excitement is so great over little things 🙂


  2. I loved this post so much. My kids say they want to be like me, but I tell them they're much better being them. And I always hold hands when I go out. I don't want to get lost either. What a cool little guy.


  3. Out of context it's so funny. Your poor son is going to be lost in the woods all alone. lol…

    I love his song of joy! How sweet…

    My kids have started a collection of snails (even ones from other people's yards). They haven't broken out in song yet, but they're pretty close to it…


  4. This is an amazing post. I love how you have interwoven your son's joy with your inner thoughts that I, for one, can relate to. I love how kids want to shout for joy about so many things and sometimes I'm so fried from my day, that I tell them to “Be quiet!” before I even know what they are screaming about! I think half the time they are screaming for joy and I'm not even listening! You know?

    This post is gonna help me remember this week for these squeals of joy and to really hear them. 🙂

    Sorry it has taken me sooooo long to read this. I am behind as always. 🙂

    And as far as not showing up in your reader or your dashboard, it's because I switched to WordPress. I think you need to resubscribe on the new site..you know?

    Thanks for playing along. I love your conversation with your kid.



  5. Oh sweet! Thank-you so much for sharing, what a blessing! My heart warmed at the thought of your little one shouting for joy! Aren't kids the best!



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