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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Through Yonah's eyes

Our youngest, Yonah, is in first grade this year.

This is a wonderful time where we are able to see the boundaries of his intellectual world expanding exponentially nearly every week.

Unlike nursery school where he was essentially playing educational games and learning through playful subterfuge. He is now immersed in real learning that isn't (usually)disguised as something else.

So far he seems to be gobbling it up. Yesterday he proudly showed me a thick workbook he'd completed, and most evenings he approaches his homework with a confident eagerness that is, well... to be honest, sort of new to our home.

But even though he seems to be developing into a serious student, vestiges of the wide-eyed little boy still pop up at unexpected moments.

For instance, last week his religious studies class had gone over the weekly Torah reading about Jacob and Essau, and learned how, after Essau had given up his birthright for a bowl of lentils, Rivka had orchestrated things such that her now-blind husband Isaac would give the blessing of the firstborn being given to Jacob rather than his older brother.

For those who are rusty on their Bible stories, this switch was accomplished by the smooth skinned Jacob following his mother's instructions to tie some goat skin on his arms and neck so that his father would think he was actually the more out-doorsy Essau.

I mention this, because I was snuggling with Yonah last week just before his bed time and he was nestled down in the crook of my arm as we watched something on my iPad. At some point he began absent-mindedly stroking the hair on my arm... and then, making a connection, he turned to me and said, "Abba, you feel like Essau!".

I love that he is growing up and becoming book-smart. But at the same time, I want desperately to preserve that kind of unabashed innocence for just a little while longer.

Posted by David Bogner on November 10, 2010 | Permalink

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My Shayna is in first grade as well - and we had a similar discussion with her abba!! Of course, she also told our dog, Jenny, that she was hairy like Esav :-) One very interesting tidbit she came up with that made us very proud was that she felt sorry for Esav because his own mother favored the other brother. She said to me, "Momma, you would never do that. You love both my boys the same. And you get mad at them at the same time!"

;-)

Posted by: Leah | Nov 10, 2010 2:31:44 PM

My kids like to refer to me as 'Fuzzy'. They are not wrong, and they could come up with worse names, but Fuzzy works with my impression of Grover- fuzzy and blue :)

Posted by: Aharon | Nov 10, 2010 7:54:26 PM

How adorable!

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Nov 11, 2010 6:58:21 PM

Ah! But just how much do you like lentil soup?

Posted by: Elisson | Nov 12, 2010 4:11:18 AM

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