I couldn’t resist including the most often uttered phrase during the week of the Family Gathering.
The younger the child, the more likely he or she was to repeat it.
I CAN’T FIND MY SHOES.
Even though I put a laundry basket by the back door, flip-flops ended up in the forest and the garden and in the hammocks and
on the porches and decks.
There were often single shoes but what good does that do
when it is time to get in the car?
I tried to think of a phrase that would come in second.
I decided that these phrases could easily compete for second place:
“I’M HUNGRY. I’M NOT HUNGRY.”
The second phrase was spoken when playing outside was going well
and the child didn’t want to come inside and miss something.
Tied for second place was the oft-uttered adult phrase:
YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH.
I did hear a lot of admonitions like this one during the week.
How very nice they were to my ears !
Maya, Olive and Quincy