I have a short story to tell you all. This happened a couple months ago, but I was reminded that I never shared this – I can’t believe I forgot!
One day last fall, Nathan & Emily were playing in the backyard. I happened to glance out and realized to my horror that they were playing in a pile of glass! I rushed outside. They were fine, no cuts of any sorts. It was safety glass. But it was a whole big pile and I couldn’t figure out where on earth it had come from.
Fast forward to later on that evening when Nate came inside with a small piece of metal after cleaning the glass up. He says “You know what this is right?”
Let me back up quickly: We have a tv stand that someone gave us a long time ago and it’s held up quite well, especially being free. The hinges for one of the glass doors on the front started getting loose a year or so ago and the door kept coming off. Nate kept meaning to fix it, but he’s very busy and it never happened. We ended up keeping the door behind the tv.
Can you see where I’m going with this?
The metal piece Nate was holding was the hinge on that glass door. More specifically, the hinge that had been attached to what used to be the glass door.
But, how did the glass end up shattered on the ground outside?
Out of my three children, who is the likely culprit?
Yep, we thought so too. We called in Nathan.
Us: “Nathan, did you bring the glass tv stand door outside?”
Nathan (shuffling around and fidgiting): “Um… yes.”
Us: “Why would you do that?”
Nathan: “Well I just wanted to see a rainbow in the sun. I thought it might be like a prism, Mom!! And I did see a rainbow, only then the glass broke. I’m really sorry.”
What can you say to that? Nathan was so sorry and he never meant to break the door, he was just being his curious self. He’s always investigating new things and experimenting with things.
Seriously, I have my hands full with this boy. He’s so smart, we’ve had to accelerate his 1st grade math curriculum so rapidly that I’m ordering his 2nd grade math program this week. We’ll need to use it within the next 3 weeks. He was incredibly bored all last fall, so Nate & I went over the curriculum a month ago. We started speeding the pace up. I have been very cautious and ready to slow it down at the first hint that Nathan’s getting overwhelmed. Yet he gets 100% on every single test he takes and he’s thrilled.
He knows all about protons and neutrons and atoms and molecules, all because Grandpa explained the basics to him a couple months ago and Daddy adds bits and pieces here and there. He’s already learning the periodical table of elements. He started telling me what sodium is made up of and on a whim, I looked it up (because I don’t know – yes I learned all that stuff in high school, but I do not have a science-minded brain and so nope, I don’t remember it.) Nathan was right. He amazes me.
I have a feeling that this broken glass pane is only the first in a long line of experiment-related mishaps from Nathan. I’ve already told Nate that we will not get him a chemistry kit, because he would be the kid who would blow up the house with an experiment gone wrong!
And for the record, Nathan did not get in trouble for the broken glass. 🙂