It's funny how life comes full circle. Twice this weekend I have watched my children experience the same things I did as a child. The first was on Friday. I walked with the boyz to the little playground that's right next door to our house. Playground is a kind term, as it is really just a baby swing, a regular swing and some metal monkey bars plunked down in the middle of some sand. Everyone already has extravagant swingsets in their own backyards (except for us, it seems--sore subject between Hubby and I. With 3 little boyz, I insist that a habitable backyard is a must, but it keeps getting pushed down on the priority list, and the backyard is still the same sloped, wooded area that it was when we moved in over 5 years ago...but, I digress.) I was pushing Baby on the baby swing, Middle was climbing to the top of the monkey bars, and Eldest was on the other swing. Just a black rubber swing seat with chain links. He put his belly on the swing part and then swung his feet around in a circle so that the swing chain got all twisted to the top. Then he lifted up his feet and let the chain unwind, spinning him around in a circle. I swear this is something all children do! I have no idea where he learned it, but it's something my friends and I always did when we were little. Holy flashback.
The second was yesterday. I heard all 3 boyz arguing in the playroom. (Well, Eldest and Middle were fighting, Baby was just making whining noises--he still has no words. At 16 months old. I'll worry if he's still not talking at age 2. Until then, I'm enjoying the fact that he can't talk back-yet.) But no one was screaming bloody murder, so I didn't feel compelled to investigate. Eldest, being the typical firstborn and "peacemaker" of the group, was trying to resolve a dispute between Middle and Baby who were fighting over a toy. So then the next thing I heard was Eldest chanting, "Bubble gum, bubble gum, in a dish...how many pieces do you wish?" I have NO idea where he learned this one (either my Niece who's 8, or else at preschool, I imagine), but this is the rhyme we always used when I was growing up. It's how you picked who was "It" for Hide and Seek! So Eldest was going to give the "winner" the toy they were fighting over, apparently. It was really cute.