Recently Fainjin’s class read a story about Lazy Duck. Lazy Duck was in danger of being eaten, so he quickly changed into Busy Duck! Then they drew pictures of themselves being lazy and busy. Fainjin’s “Lazy Fainjin” picture had him sitting watching TV, while in his “Busy Fainjin” picture he was drying the dishes. The pictures are very cute, and I was interested to note that the TV and dish rack are quite detailed but he still draws himself as a stick figure. With spiky hair and a big smile.
On Monday when he came home from school he wanted to turn on the TV. “No,” I said, “find something else to do.” He pondered for a bit, then said, “I could be Busy Fainjin and do the dishes.”
“Excellent idea!” I was impressed. He dried the dishes and put them away, then wanted to turn on the TV. “No, find something else to do until 4 o’clock” – 4pm is usually the earliest time we’ll consider turning on the TV in our house.
He wasn’t very happy. “I could be Watching Fainjin, and watch the clock until then…” But I had a better idea. “You could be Busy Fainjin again and vacuum the kitchen for me.”
“Yeah!” He thought that sounded great, and really enjoyed getting the cleaner out and pushing it around. It took up a handy amount of time, too, because he wasn’t all that methodical and kept missing patches. He hasn’t improved all that much since I took these photos.
This afternoon he wanted to vacuum again. I felt bad, because I had already vacuumed and washed the floor without him while he was at school. But it’s ok – it will need vacuuming again at least once tomorrow!
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