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I Think It Says Coal, Lots and Lots of Coal

I Think It Says Coal, Lots and Lots of Coal

November 17, 2007

Miles sat down at the table with a pen and paper. Very seriously he scribbled across the lines of the paper. Pausing to contemplate before scribbling some more.

Finally when the page was filled with scribbles, he brought the paper over to me and said, “This is my Christmas List.”

I looked it over. “Well, what does it say?”

He let out a heavy sigh and said, “I don’t know. I can’t read.”

Posted by Chris @ 8:12 am  

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  1. Brigitte says:

    Did you say it said “Coal” just to see his anguished response?

  2. Cynthia says:

    Love it! Thanks for my first morning chuckle :)

  3. Sue says:

    Aww…. so cute! That made me smile

  4. Sara says:

    Love. That. Boy.

  5. Mommy mommy says:

    very cute!

  6. Paula says:

    LOL That is too cute!

  7. Bug'sMom says:

    That is so sweet!

  8. Karen Vogel says:

    It can be very hard to be little. Especially when everyone else is bigger and laughs at you! I still remember leaving my 3-year-old on an elevator and the anguished look on his cute little face when we finally (after about 10 seconds) got him back - the poor guy was so traumatized, and all we could do was laugh.

  9. Lisa says:

    Oh. My. Goodness!
    That statement should win a Cute Award or something! In fact, I think that an award should be invented JUST for him saying that!

  10. peepnroosmom says:

    I love him! He is so sweet!
    I think it says “lots and lots of toys.” :)

  11. Marti says:

    It said China. China. China. China.

  12. Julie Mills says:

    I LOVE that! It immediately made me think of one of my old posts (my daughter was 3): “A few weeks ago, we were all riding in the van together and I asked Isaac if he would read for a while (his teacher gives “dollars” for reading 15 minutes a day).
    As he got his book, Sarah began, “I need to do my homework I need a book I need a book to weed too,no not DAT book, DIS book. NANK you mommy.” She put the book on her lap, opened it up and after about two seconds she sighed deeply and said in a frustrated tone, “I can’t read.”"

  13. Denise says:

    hahahahahahahaha man he’s cute.

  14. mama's got moxie says:

    oh, i luv it!! that’s hilarious! :)

  15. Kristen says:

    Now that is hilarious.

  16. Karly says:

    I’m so asking Santa to bring me that little boy. I love him!

  17. BetteJo says:

    Too funny, lol!

  18. Earl says:

    As a kindergarten teacher, who is heavily involved in the reading process (that’s about ALL we do), I have to say he is right on the money developmentally. He KNOWS what writng IS, and that it represents or has meaning. This is really good.
    A few years ago, an older sibling of one of my kindergarten kids was in first grade, He excitedly took a book to his grandma and said, “I can read this!” After listening for a little bit, she blew him off saying, “That’s not reading, you just have it memorized.” In less than a month he went from the top reading group and being excited to the bottom and just said, “I can’t read.” He BELIEVED his grandma. How we react to early stages of reading and writing will determine their future attitudes and success or failure. He’s doing good.

  19. ollka says:

    I was so excited to comment and say it was the cutest thing I’d read all day - and then I read Earl’s comment. Now I’m sitting here mortified, detesting an old woman I don’t even know. Aw Earl, did you have to?
    Miles - he is rocking so hard, I wonder what he’ll achieve by 15.

  20. Beth says:

    Precious. Utterly precious.

  21. Victoria says:

    This is so perfect!

  22. Cary says:

    Maybe he can draw some pictures of what he wants, not that that will be any more helpful to you, but it might make him feel more successful.

  23. Earl says:

    ollka, I was just trying to point out that sometimes we don’t even know what we are doing to the kids. Grandma, raising two grandchildren AFTER raising her own, is probably just worn out. But she also doesn’t understand, and a lot of parents and other adults don’t really give much thought to it either. I am on that front edge of schooling (in the public school setting) and I’m facinated by what they learn and how they learn. Every year I become a better teacher. Chris is home schooling, so she should know, and most of you probably do too. But people with little or no real education don’t. And they sometimes don’t know the impact of what they say.

  24. Lizzy in the Burbs says:

    Aww…I wish they could stay so precious and innocent forever, don’t you? Miles is adorable!

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    Loved reading your blog!

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    Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be back to read more….

  27. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m laughing so hard. How adorable is that?

  28. Jessica says:

    LOL I love it :)

  29. kalisah says:

    well DUH mom!

  30. Susan says:


  31. Manic Mommy says:

    Now THAT is cute.

    Earl, that was a bummer but a good reminder that our kids really do take what we say to heart - even when it really seems like they’re ignoring us.

  32. Sarah says:

    I want a son that silly one day! :)

  33. Kathy from NJ says:

    Maybe his teen-age brother will read it for him - teen-agers know everything!

  34. pickel says:

    I have to chime in totally off topic to tell you that Miles is on the top of my baby names list right now. I love the name.

  35. Liz says:

    Such cuteness!!!

  36. Katie says:

    As long as the coal isn’t from China!

    Growing up, we used to have a coal mine near out house and occasionally chunks would fall out of the dump trucks. My dad used to save a few and say “hey, got your Christmas gift now!” I love my dad…

  37. Lovebabz says:

    This was funny, I could feel all the emotion that went into the writing of the list. This made my evening.

  38. kris says:

    OMG adorable. You must send that one into Reader’s Digest and make yourself famous. Oh, wait . . .

  39. Megan says:

    …and then they grow up.

    I miss all the stupid/goofy things my younger siblings did when they were little.

    Like when my little bro would belt out…”Oh well, oh well, the angels did say…”

  40. Meg says:

    Ahhh! That’s adorable!!

  41. InterstellarLass says:

    Bless little Miles. He cracked me up when I needed it.

  42. ann-marie says:

    that is too perfect. :)

  43. Maine Mom says:


  44. Sue says:

    hee hee

  45. nicole case says:

    this is fantastic. things like this memory will get you through 7 teenagers!

  46. Suzanne says:

    That’s the most precious thing I’ve read all day.

  47. Mishel says:

    I always say that kids, no matter the age, are smarter than some adults give them credit for and that they pick up on things, however subtle some adults try to be. With that said, I think this is the cutest story! So far all my son has learned how to do is shake his head ‘no’ and mimick what I like to call his ‘cheese’ smile.

  48. OMSH says:

    Bwahahahahaha … THAT is priceless.

    I love it.

    heh heh

    Too funny.

  49. Lori says:

    This post has made me smile so much that I’ve re-read it about ten times just so I can smile again.

  50. Kathy from NJ says:

    The free rice site is so much fun and very addictive. My sister, who is much smarter than me, got to level 47 in less than 1/2 hour. I finally got to level 47, stayed for only one word, but called her to brag anyway. She had gotten up to level 49! It’s amazing to look at the FAQ page - the site only started on Oct. 7, 2007. There is a chart that shows the number of grains donated each day, the increase by day is incredible! Thank you so much for recommending the site.

  51. Chris says:

    Thanks kathy, it IS fun and addictive. And also humbling because how can I miss so many words!

    I recommended it it over at Handipoints, for those of you who are confused about what Kathy is talking about.

  52. taffi says:

    holy cuteness.

  53. lotus07 says:

    I can remember a time when life was this simple……just barely…it gets lost in the fog of old age.

  54. Bronnie says:

    aaw very cute!

  55. jenB says:

    HA! that is fantastic.