If Air Could Boil

posted by Momo Fali on February 7, 2012

If you’ve been here before, you likely know that my nine year old son is one of a kind. For real. That thing about breaking the mold? He cracked that sucker straight in half.

When other kids would rather shuffle from classroom to classroom without making eye contact, I’ve been told that every time my kid sees his music teacher in the hallway, he greets her with, “La, la, la, la, la!”

He has no problem telling strangers that he thinks they’re pretty, he can convince anyone that he shouldn’t get punished for something and he has a way of wiggling into situations in which he has no business. Last week, when we went to get his new glasses, he got the technician to let him adjust his own glasses with that little heater they use.

He’s a nine year old used-car salesman in the body of a five year old.

Last night at his Cub Scout meeting, the boys played a game where they blew a ping-pong ball across a table. If they let the ball fall onto the floor, they were out. My son lost round after round.

When we were heading to the car after the meeting he said, “That game was fun, but I lost every time!”

I replied, “Well, somebody had to lose. As long as you had fun while you were playing and you tried your best, it doesn’t really matter.”

For a moment he considered my philosophy. Then he said, “Yeah, but I don’t think I could blow the ball across the table because I don’t have enough hot air.”

Really? Because I think you’re pretty full of it.


  • Sarah

    One of a kind is right. You have been instrumental in bringing me around the a similar acceptance of my quirky child – she might have diagnoses (or not) and she certainly meets criteria for certain services, but she is one of a kind and you can’t compare her to anyone else in the world. Everyone knows her and everyone loves her, quirks and all. Thanks Momo.

  • Deb

    Oh…uh, oh…he sounds like me when I was a kid. I love him without even meeting him. (How is it possible that he’s nine already, by the way? Have we “known” each other that long?)

  • Leanne

    Funny. And it’s good to be full of hot air. Or at least that’s what I tell myself…. 😉

  • Tara R.

    Aww… but he has a heart of gold.

  • meleah rebeccah

    too funny! too cute!

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  • Ms Life

    Ha, ha, I can see he is not full of hot air, just full of life 🙂

  • Heather

    HAHAH! I should have waited to read this when it didn’t hurt to laugh! I love your son, he makes me smile so much!

  • Stephanie

    La, La, La, La, LAAAAA!!!! All that hot air helps him sing better!!!! I should know, I am filled with it too!! By the way, that music teacher sounds like she really loves your son, not to mention your lovely daughter, too! (Ah heck, she probably loves and ADMIRES your whole family….)

  • kate

    And thank you for making my night. This post is going to make me giggle all week. I love when I meet kids like this and have a feeling my second is on her way to being just like this!

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