God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Out of the Mouth....

So, here's one of the reasons being a parenting grandparent brings joy--in the form of laughter. Casey was very busy reading Harry Potter last night so asked if I would type his latest writing assignment -- "What Would I Like to Tell President Obama." I promise I typed it exactly as he wrote it. I hope these excerpts cause you to smile as they did me. The first one causes rants and raves every time he hears it. The economic remedies are his own, developed from his fascination with listening to the news as he plays with legos.


If I could tell the President my hopes, I would ask to please stop the inappropriate commercials. When I'm watching TV and a commercial comes on, it says, "Ask your doctor if you are healthy enough for sexual activity." It makes me go crazy. I mean it's right after a kids show: KIDS SHOW!


Another thing I would say is that kids should be able to do more things. It doesn't seem fair to kids; it seems like we can't do anything. I don't like it. But the truth is for me, I get to do most things I want.


One of the other hopes is to go green and use solar power. We really need it to help with global warming. And by that we could enhance our technology for the world's safety. I would really like these hopes to be real.


One other thing is to please save the endangered animals. Some of them we need to survive. Se we need to help them survive.


I also really don't think my school work is that hard; so I would like it to be a little more difficult for seminar/smarter kids like in my class. (My note: I found this to be quite strange as getting him to do his work is not easy.)


We need you also to keep working on the economic problems to help save people from losing their homes. He could keep sending out economic stimuluses so people can have the money to pay their rent and stay in their homes. They also need the money for food and resources to stay alive.

To get money for that he also could raise the taxes for the rich people. Those people do not need that money.

That is the end.


Annie said...

This is wonderful! I love how he ends his rant about kids by admitting that he does get to do most things he wants to do. Too cute!

barb cabot said...

Such wise advice from someone so young. His words must make you feel proud. It's obvious he's exposed to important topics of the day, going green, economic stimulus, etc. and he's got such good ideas. Great writing project.
He's going to go far in life.

candi said...

Thanks for sharing this, Jane. It did put a smile on my face. I for one agree with all his hopes and demands. I love his first hope about inappropriate commercials:)

Chiocciola said...

Great ideas! He knows a lot about the economy for being ten!! And I love that he has a heart for social justice. :)

Jane said...

Annie, I loved that too. He added that after I asked him what he didn't get to do. He couldn't think of anything and so put in the caveat.
Barb, Candi and Chiocciola, I was pretty impressed with his take on what's happening in the world. Ten year olds are certainly more astute today than when I was 10. Thanks for the comments!

Barbara said...

Altho we all marvel at how much smarter kids are today, you and Ken have to take a lot of the credit with Casey - you'e shown him the world and exposed him to so many things! You've made him aware that not everyone has enough to eat and have encouraged him to donate some of his own money to help the less fortunate. It's wonderful that Casey has truly absorbed everything you've taught him, but you and Ken deserve so much credit! You're raising a boy who will be an asset to the world!

Jane said...

Ciao Barb, you brought tears to me this morning. Thank you so much for your words of kindness and support--they mean a lot. Yes, we have given Casey some things and his experiences have been unusual, but something inside him is very special and makes him who he is. The flip side is that he is so all boy and child.

jmisgro said...

I so agree with the first one. I thought I was the only one that thought that. Yesterday i was watching the SciFi channel and every commercial break they advertised Extenze. I would mute it so Sophia wouldn't hear.
Casey is a brillant kid.
I still shocks me when kids pop out with such brillant thoughts and observations.

Judith in Umbria said...

Message to KZ
Good work, KZ, but the boredom thing you can fix yourself. I went to school in a very small school with limited resources, so I know you can do this easier than I did. I got bored, too. When I did class reading or studying, I would pick something from what I did to study further. Sometimes all I had was the Encyclopedia Britannica and sometimes just old National Geographic magazines. But it gave me more than others got and I still remember a lot of things I learned that way.

KZ said...

Message to Judith from KZ--from outer space--just kidding. Grazie per il tuo suggerimento. I look things up on the internet? What's an encyclopedia? Scherzo--lo so cosé.

nancyhol said...

What a special young man you have there, Jane! And you and Ken deserve so much credit for the person he has become. You should be proud!