Thursday, August 4, 2011

What I know is not much

But, I DO know . . .
  • Hale is not plagued with indecision. He likes. He does not like. There is no middle ground.
  • Hale likes animals and babies and birds.
  • He likes his DSI game and is subject to lengthy explanations of the games, characters, strategies, etc.
  • He is an avid and very good reader of some books.
  • I know that one of Hale’s love languages is gifts.
  • That he is concerned about healthy eating and reads labels and gives great exposés on foods but loves candy.


  • I can guess pretty accurately that he will not want his picture taken which explains why I have many pictures of the back of his cute head.


  • He loves chess which unfortunately I do not know how to play.
  • Hale loves his siblings and his mom very much and misses them when separated.
  • Hale knows a lot of facts and some are accurate but some are not quite. For example . . . “There are 8 million people in Chicago, Grandma!” I didn’t know so I checked later, out of curiosity, and I think it is closer to 3 million but 3 million or 8 million? They are both big numbers—too big for us to comprehend.
  • Mostly, I do know that it is always delightful to have one-on-one time with Hale
  • and Hale always remembers to say, “Thank you.”

But I don’t know. . .
  • If he will want a Grandma Day. (He did! Yay!)
  • What to feed him. (Lemonade, chips, Sprite Zero, Arby’s chicken strips, popcorn and “leftover” pizza for breakfast.)
  • What he will enjoy doing.

Here is what I learned . . .
  • He is very tired of swim lessons and is happy to have a reason to miss (which could perhaps explain his enthusiasm for a Grandma Day).
  • He is not ever going up in the Sears/Willis Tower because he has vertigo and does not like heights.
  • Hale liked Chicago’s Peter Pan, performed in a theater in the round with a 360 screen. I will repeat that because it is so much fun to say . . . Hale liked it!


  • He does not like Chicago and is not interested in seeing any more of it.
  • He can ride an adult bike and there is no need to borrow a smaller one.



  • He prefers sleeping on the floor. (I did offer three different beds, really I did.)


  • He shares my enthusiasm for bird watching out our breakfast window.


  • Among his favorites are black-capped chickadees and cardinals. He also enjoyed watching the goldfinches and an appearance of a hummingbird. However, his absolute favorite kind of bird is an owl which of course we did not see but we did visit a store on our bike ride called, The Barn Owl.

  • At the store we both enjoyed interacting with Joe the talking bird

video

Hale took home an owl souvenir to remember our day.


We both went home happy.

3 comments:

Wanda..... said...

Hale is very photogenic...he will love these photos and all the grandma time, I'm sure.

Diana said...

What a great day! And you know a lot about Hale. I love his knowledge of healthy foods yet his love of candy.
I love that he likes to sleep on the floor anyway, my granddaughter used to do the same but I have fixed up her own "Special" bed so she sleeps in it now.
And I love that I am not the only grandma who's grandchildren don't like their photos taken! Now I don't feel so alone. Great post!
Love Di ♥

Rebecca said...

I like almost everything about Hale - starting with his name. What a good, strong name!

Hale is blessed to have a grandmother who attempts to get to the "bottom" of his heart & mind :)

I suspect there will be yet another grandmother day or two in the future!

Well done, Grandmother!