Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Silas doesn't like school.  We can wonder all day what factors have conspired to create this scenario, but the fact remains that once or twice a week, he tries to convince me why he doesn't need to go to school.  This morning, it was because his stomach hurt.  Also?  The more that is happening in Silas' little life, the more often he has a stomach ache.

"Mom, I just don't FEEL very GOOD today.  I ATE too fast and now my TUMMY HURTS!"  He is walking on my heels as I am lapping the hallway, gathering diapers and socks and hoodies in the final push to get everyone in the van for carpool.  "I have a TUMMY ACHE!  And I don't WANT to go to SCHOOL!  TODAY!!

I stop rushing and kneel down to look at him.  "Silas, honey," I begin.  "Sometimes tummy aches tell us that our hearts are anxious, not that we are sick."  He blinks at me and fidgets.  "I know you don't want to go to school today.  When I was your age I used to get tummy aches when I had to do something I didn't want to do too.  But ..." 

"Hey Silas, come to the kitchen!"  Brian calls from across the house.  Silas, relieved to have an out, runs to his dad.  

"When I have a stomach ache, I drink a Coke.  Do you want some Coke, son?"  

Now this is more of what Silas had in mind.


"Okay.  Take your glass of coke and go to the van.  And cheer up.  You only have two more weeks of school anyway."

Satisfied, Silas takes his cup of Coke and runs out to the van.

My friend Nikki said it best.  There's a time for connecting to a child's heart, and there's a time for high fructose corn syrup.

Happy Wednesday.  

1 comment:

Danielle said...

My 5-year old doesn't like school either. He does well scholastically and socially, yet he complains multiple times a week that he doesn't want to go because he doesn't like it. It's hard to think of good reasons that school is cool when you're put on the spot like that. I love your husband's laid back approach. Clearly, that's just what Silas needs.