four pieces of randomness

a small handful of things that didn’t seem to warrant full, individual posts…

i really like facebook, and use it all the time. and i have a pretty good amount of “friends”, mostly due to my job. in fact, since latin america seems to have caught on to facebook, and i travel to our ys conventions in argentina and guatemala most years, i have a bunch of spanish-speaking fb “friends” with whom i cannot even communicate, other than the occasional “hola!” on a normal day, i get 2 – 5 friend requests. but tuesday, i was at my writing spot, and noticed that a TON of friend requests were coming in. i’d seen a virus-y kind of thing on facebook recently, where a comment told me my picture was on some other site (and it was clearly not from the person who theoretically sent it). so i started to think i might be getting slammed with some kind of virus thing. when it got to 45 friend requests, i twittered about my concern. when it got to 95 requests (in less than two hours), i was really starting to freak out. by the time i got to the office, there were 150 friend requests waiting for my approval. i wasn’t sure what to do with them. then, i noticed in one of them, that the person had tipped me off to the fact that a ys online survey told him to do this. i saw our internet peeps had sent out a survey about our weekly emails. so i clicked through the survey, and there at the end, was a little “joke”; something like, “click here and add marko as a friend on facebook. shh! don’t tell him, and this will be our little secret.” well, there you have it. over the last few days i’ve had a steady stream of friend requests — about 300 or 400 now, i’d say. crazy. i might have to fire someone.

my awesome son max had a few words, as kids are prone to do, that he pronounced wrong when he was little. one by one, these fell by the wayside. jeannie and i loved each one of them, and were always sad to see them go. the last hold-on was that he has always said “callerpitter” when he means “caterpillar”. the other day, caterpillar was on his weekly spelling list. jeannie and i groaned, and were so sad to see the veil removed for him once and for all. he likes being a kid, and insists he’s going to keep saying it callerpitter, and even says he’s going to spell it that way on the spelling quiz.

saw an amazing movie on the plane to nashville. it’s called henry poole is here, and stars luke wilson. it’s the story of a terminally ill guy who buys a surburban home down the street from his childhood home to basically sit alone and die. but his neighbors won’t leave him alone, especially when one is convinced she sees the face of christ in a badly done stucco job on his back wall. it’s wonderfully slow paced, and a beautiful story of mystery and healing. i teared up multiple times.

i’m reading anne rice’s spiritual autobiography right now (anne rice is the massively popular author of a bunch of vampire books, and also the brilliant newer series, christ the lord). in a bit i read yesterday, she revealed that her given name, which she used until she was in elementary school and decided to start using the out-of-thin-air name “anne”, was… howard. seriously.

12 thoughts on “four pieces of randomness”

  1. Your comment about Max resonated with me. I have a two year old and my wife and I are already dealing with this. He used to say some of the cutest things and now that he’s saying many of them correctly it’s a bit sad. I guess he can’t be a teenager and still be calling Rice Krispies “I Pissies.”

  2. my oldest son used to cry out
    “I’m ducks” instead of “I’m stuck”

    And all my kids picked up the pronouncement “Hear This” at some point.

    It is sad when they grow out of some of these.

  3. Yes, it can be cute – but my youth director’s kid substitited “f” for “tr”… and loved trucks. He would shout every time he saw one. Needless to say the students thought that was hilarious…..

  4. Sounds like I could use a clip of that movie for my “Friends” themed workshop I’m doing this weekend for jr. hi’s!

  5. Hey, that trucks things isn’t funny for just students. I’m still laughing!

    When Liam needs help with something he likes to say, “I help you!”

  6. When Michael was little, I would chase him around, and his mom would yell out, “I’ll save you!” So, over time, whenever he needed “rescued,” he would say, “Save you, Save you!”

  7. our son jacob had that same word mix – he used to say “killapatter” and then we he’d see us smile he correct himself and say “pattakiller” – i got it on video once, figured that could have made it on afv, but we’ve searched all the tapes and can’t find it anywhere… we must have taped over it

  8. oh .. cute kid post .. can’t resist.

    Liam’s best words ever..

    You’re my Fave-bit (favourite)
    I wanna tahdil (cuddle)
    I’m not a durl! (girl)
    Mmmm I love bisketti it’s my favebit (spaghetti)

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