Friday, April 7, 2017

All About John

In July we will be heading to the U.S for our second home assignment. I was thinking about all that has changed in the three years since we were last home. Since we go home every three years, so when we first moved to Lima, our kids were 2, 4, and 6. When we went on our first furlough, the were 5, 7, and 9, with a new 6-month-old addition named John. This time, our kids will be 3 (turning 4), 8, 10, and 12!

It is strange and sad to have our families miss out on such huge chunks of our kids' lives. And likewise, to miss out on so much of our nephews/nieces lives, too! Kids grow so fast, and a lot changes in three years. 

I was thinking about how, in some ways, this will be the first time a lot of my family and friends meet Johny. I know they met him as a baby, but they haven't yet met Johny "the kid". So as a sort of introduction for everyone who doesn't yet know Johny the kid, this post is all about my Johny. 
  1. John is what they call "tranquilo" in Spanish. Meaning, he is an easy-going kid. For a three-year-old boy, he is pretty calm and quiet. He can also be shy when he meets new people, but it usually doesn't take long for him to open up. He has a sweet and gentle heart. 

  2. John loves animals. If you want to get John talking, ask him what his favorite animal is. He'll tell you all about jaguars, dolphins, and elephants. He spends a lot of time pretending to be different animals. I don't mind when he is a dog, cat, or cheetah, but his sloth impersonation can test my patience! (Maybe a future wildlife biologist?)
  3. John has always loved to draw. Even when he was just a year and a half, he could sit sometimes for a half an hour, practicing drawing little circles and lines. Next, he started drawing "funny faces" (and I have proof of it all over my walls. 😏) Now, he likes to draw people and animals, and he especially likes to staple pieces of paper together to make "books." (Future author and illustrator, perhaps?)
    The left he calls "Funny Johny".😊The right is a collection of animals.
  4. John adores Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and all things superhero. If he is in a bad mood, I can usually coax him out of it by talking about superheroes. What tickles me most about his love for superheroes, is that what he is most fixated on is not that they have special powers, or that they fight bad guys (though he likes that part too). He is especially impressed that they help people. What does Spiderman do, Mom? Does he help people? Does he save people from the bad guys? Does he beat the bad guys up and take them to jail? And what does Superman do?...That's a conversation we have almost daily. I hope that his super-passion for helping people will always stay with him. (Hmmm, maybe a future police officer?)
And now to let you in on a little secret...John is neither a wildlife biologist, author, or police officer. Watch the video below (made by John and his sisters, and watched by John a thousand times each day) to find out his TRUE IDENTITY!!!