Friday, September 17, 2010

Kazoo and Granola

The aroma of honey-vanilla granola, which cools on a wire rack in the lowly-lit kitchen, wafts through the house. Although it's still a little warm, I have already sampled the granola's tender crunch and finger-licking sweetness.

"Do you want to try some?" I say to my toddler.

Joseph smiles. "Yeah!" he says. And, with a quick taste, "Mmmm... that's g-o-o-o-d!"

Then, he bounds off to find a kazoo and zooms around the room in laps. The kazoo sings, while the baby naps. It always amazes me that the baby can sleep through Joseph's day-to-day adventures! And Joseph only has two volumes: loud and louder. Though he doesn't have the athletic grace or creative genius that Gene Kelly had, Joseph definitely has the endurance for his own "Singin' in the Rain" masterpiece. Every day it changes: different footwork, varied tones, new movements. Yet, every day it amuses. And when Ezra isn't snoozing, he looks up from his ring or rattle and, in awe, gazes upon his brother's impromptu performance.

What brings utter joy to your life, friend? What paints that beautiful smile across your face?

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