Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ABC 4.2.8 N (and M revisited)

OK, Here it is, ABC Wednesday time again. This is the day to join in the ABC Wednesday Challenge, and share a little bit of our world with friends all over the world, and learn about them as well, one letter at a time. You can participate too, in either the sharing, or the learning, or both, by visiting ABC Wednesday,Where this week, the letter is

But before we do N, I have to take a Moment to revisit the letter M.

Last week, I wrote this post all about the letter M. But when I tried to post it, it was gone.

But this week, when I opened up my file of HTML code for my links and pics, guess what was there?

That's right, all the code for MY MISSING post, MISLABELED, MISFILED, but still MYSTERIOUSLY intact.

So, without further ado, this week, you all get a double whammy.

Here is M:

I spent the day yesterday with out three year old, as she tagged along with me while I ran errands and did some chores.

One of the first letters she learned to recognise was "M".
She got "Michigan Bear" for her first Christmas, and she quickly learned that the big block letter "M" stands for Michigan.

But, like any child, it didn't take her long to realize that it can also stand for something else:

If nothing else McDonald's can be proud of the fact that they have helped millions of kids learn to recognise the letter "M".

Now if we could just figure out how to convince her that we don't have to stop at every single one we see. She is like Pavlov's dog. She sees the golden arches and becomes hungry, even though she just ate lunch before we left home.

But we didn't stop there yesterday, instead, we stopped at the garden when she found a visitor.

It is so fun to see the wonder in a child's eyes as they explore and discover things that we as adults dismiss as mundane or everyday things.

Our garden is at my in-laws home and my Mother-in-Law, who is a child at heart, left a surprise out in the back yard.

The two of them had been gathering twigs and building a pile, supposedly so the birds could use them for a nest. Before my in-laws left for vacation, she took some egg shells and painted them with exotic swirls and colors and designs and left them strategically in the birds nest pile.

So when Bingo walked into the back yard and saw her bird pile, she immediately "realized" that some birds must have hatched out and flown away.

We have been watching a live feed from Iowa, of a pair of eagles who hatched a brood of chicks, and we watched together a week ago or so as one of the chicks hatched, so she was familiar with the process of hatching out of an egg.

She was so excited that this same thing must have happened right there in her bird twigs.

Sometimes it does the heart good, to stop for a minute and view the MAGICAL MOMENTS in life through the eyes of a three year old.

I may not have got as much done as I wanted to yesterday, but I MADE some MEMORIES.

And that is what "M", and life, is all about.

And now for my post about N.

I saw a blog recently, highlighted by one of the blogs I follow. It made me smile, and I bet it will bring a smile to your face as well.

The blog, Wave At The Bus, is by a man in Utah, who dresses in a different costume each day to wave at the school bus. At the beginning of the year, his 15 year old son was embarrassed, but day after day, he persevered. The son, now 16, admits that he, as well as the rest of the kids on the bus, and even the driver, look forward to each new day to see what costume awaits.

So, My N for the week is NINJA.

What a great dad, and what a fun story. Check it out!


  1. glad you found your M. double helping of Troy's wisdom!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Good job for M and N....Better late than never, don't you think?

  3. Enjoyed the M. And the N just made me smile. I think I would like the man more not as my dad initially. As a high school kid I would probably be embarassed too.

  4. I can SO relate! I love blogging but there are such weird things that happen to our codes at times, aren't there? :) Mine has been acting up off and on all week!

    LOVED the M for McDonald's. We so appreciate them for so many things including their wonderful toys! They are well-made, fun, and GREAT for kids who are on special diets. There are so many children and grandchildren who may not even be able to eat the food, but they can still participate with other kids at the playlands and with the toys. There are other chains who will not allow you to get the toys without the meal, leaving so many kids on special diets out. A hearty THANK YOU to McDonald's from this Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny - and a hearty thank you to YOU and YOUR daughter for the letter M for them. :) Have a blessed day.