Idris is our grandson who, I am proud to say, lives in our neighborhood. Lisa and I are Nana and Bubbe, and we take care of him every Tuesday. We also see him and his parents socially which is very cool.
Grand parenting is the best thing that has ever been invented since the world was born. Here are some reasons why.
Idris is 2 years 2 months old and this is a terribly cute and cooperative age. He is fully potty trained so he looks more like a child and less like a baby now without the diaper. He is highly verbal, using 3 and 4 word sentences for 4 or 5 months, currently much longer sentences, and now is both a great mimic and an initiator of conversations.
Tuesday, Lisa and I spent our day with him and had the following wonderful interactions.
We bought him a toy bull dozer and he promptly started calling it a Bazuza. We said bull dozer and he said Bazuza. We laughed and said Bull Dozer correctly. He starting singing about his Bazuza. This back and forth went on for some time. When his mother picked him up, she said that the Japanese word for bull dozer is Burudoza and I realized that he had been merrily disagreeing/correcting us. Or at least that is my take on it.
Japanese words are coming into play daily. Idris knows when he is using Japanese and English. He sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and My Grandfather’s Clock in both English and Japanese. Amazing. He and I sing My Grandfather’s clock every week when we wind MY Grandfather’s wedding present clock.
Speaking of singing, he knows a large number of songs and sings to himself when he goes to bed at night. When we went camping last month, he delayed going to sleep in the tent by singing every song he knows and it took him 2 hours! Highly entertaining, I must say.
Some other highlights from Tuesday;
Everything at our house right now is Bubbe’s. That’s me. Bubbe’s Car. Bubbe’s Mosaic Car. Bubbe’s tools. Bubbe’s car book. He wants to ‘drive’ Bubbe’s car every time he sees it. His Dad taught him the pedals, Idris knows the horn and not to honk it, and he knows the emergency flashers. I never know where my buttons and levers are going to be set when I drive after his visits. A little excitement in my day.
Any stick is a microphone. He is imitating Freddie Mercury from Queen, who is his music hero. His favorite song is Radio Gaga, and he knows many of the moves from the video including air guitar. See the picture above of him watching the video, hands poised over his toy piano, and the ladder from his toy fire truck turned towards him as a microphone.
Back to where Grand parenting is amazing and wonderful. See what I mean?