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The Secret to Conversation

April 3, 2011 by  
Filed under J.Bright

I didn’t learn the secret to conversation until I was well into my twenties. The best way to get a conversation going, or revive a flagging one, is to simply ask a question. I was such a shy kid and teen, and it’s amazing to think of how different my life would have been if I had learned this simple lesson earlier.

That’s why I’ve been so pleased and delighted to hear my son Tyler, now age 5, ask simple questions, with honest interest. When my husband gets home from work, Tyler asks, “How was work, Dad? Did you have a lot of fire calls?” When I get home from grocery shopping, he asks, “How was the store, Mom?” What a joy to see him learning this simple technique so early in life.

I Love Pudding; It’s Slimy

January 14, 2011 by  
Filed under J.Bright

When my older son, Tyler, was born, I bought a baby calendar and posted it on the bulletin board over my desk. Each day I tried to write a few words–either a funny thing Tyler did (or later, said), a milestone he reached, or something we did that day.

It’s amazing how hard it is to find the time to just write a few words, and as time has gone on I miss more and more days. When Austin (now three) was born, I added a second calendar to my bulletin board. After their first years, I just buy regular calendars; now I buy Disney ones, my favorite!

Now that the boys are older, more often than not, I write funny things that they say. Otherwise I’ll never remember them! Just now, I ran in here because Austin, who’s eating chocolate pudding for a snack said, “I love pudding; it’s slimy.” Earlier today, we were shopping, and Tyler called Starbucks “Starwars.” Priceless!

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