I am struck more and more by how much my oldest son looks and acts like my father. Now, I love my Dad very much, but their is definitely good and bad in this comparison.
My Dad has never had an opinion that was not expressed. He is very vocal and this can get him into trouble at times. He can also be VERY sarcastic, and if you are not used to this particular form of humor you may get your feeling hurt every once in a while. Our oldest son has many of these same traits. Of course he think his grandpa is fantastically funny and wonderful. They are truly two peas in a pod.
Samantha made a tree with branches out of construction paper and hung it in the window of our dinning room. Everyone traced and cut out a picture of there hand and we were suppose to write what we were thankful for on it and tape it to the tree, thus the hands were the leaves. Here is what it is suppose to look like.
After everyone had completed writing on their leaf we went around the table and told what we were thankful for. Most of us said things like our family, friends, good health, a God who loves us no matter what, good job, food to eat, etc.
This is what my father said: I am thankful I only have 5 grandchildren.
Umm, excuse me, next Thanksgiving you will have a couple more unless something unexpected happens in our adoption process.
So, I said something. I asked what he was going to do when he had a couple more through adoption next year? "Well, then I will be thankful that I only have 7 grandchildren."
You see, my sarcastic father couldn't say what he really meant.
I am thankful for my five grandchildren. That is way to boring. So he had to make it sound like an insult of sorts.
You need thick skin in our family, and I am glad I didn't overreact. My Dad is a very loving person and I have no doubt he will love our new children just as much as the 5 he likes to tease and joke around with right now.
Now, you may be asking, what did Zachary write down? Well, his thankful hand was carefully written to annoy his Dad as much as possible. This is one of Zach's favorite past times.
Zachary wrote: I am thankful for my family. You know, 50 cent, Usher, B-rad, Beyonce, and grandma Oprah. I am also thankful for Barac Obama and Hillary Clinton (she is the hottest chick ever). Lastly, I am thankful for Sarah Palin because she is really Hot too!
When his Dad sent him the red daggers of death across the table he sweetly turned his hands over where you could see what he had actually written. He was thankful for his family and his dog Sydney.
Yes, I'm afraid the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Lord, help me, please!