Mrs. Geek and I are still getting to know our nephew, J. My sister's son, he's about three years old and a little shy around strangers. He hears our names often enough from my sister and my parents here in the Land Of My Birth, but I don't think he really connects those names with people too much. The last time he saw us was over 18 months ago, and that's nearly half of his life.
I finally got to engage in some serious play with J. earlier this week. We visited some relatives in the area who have back yard that is a grass covered hill at about 20 percent grade. J. liked running around back there, but wanted someone to chase. I volunteered. He really had a lot of fun chasing after me. Eventually, my goddaughter K. also got into the act. I ran myself ragged letting them chase me. Not having the metabolism of a three year old, I occasionally had to sit down and rest.
Whenever I did rest, J. would come to me and say "lets run again ... and I will follow you" in his very measured three year old English. Those words have been echoing in my head for days.
on 2007-07-28 at 1:27 p.m.
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