If You Buy Jude Junk Jewelry

December 30, 2015

The third graders at Somers this year have been writing these If You Give a Moose a Muffin stories this Fall. This school activity has spawned a few of our own at home, including Jude’s If You Give a Turkey a Tattoo. It seemed fitting then to write this one for Jude’s 7th birthday. Happy Birthday sweet boy

If you take your 6 ½ year old son Jude to a souvenir shop in Clearwater Beach, he’ll probably pick out a junky old piece of braided rope with tiny shells wound into a bracelet

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It will remind him of summer vacations with the extended family and he’ll never want to take it off. 

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After he has worn the bracelet for a few weeks, he’ll wonder what other streaks he can maintain and he’ll take up his dad’s challenge to see how many days he can get away with going shirtless (approximately 6).

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All that walking around half naked will expose the truth about this almost 7 year old. He’s a tall skinny bean pole. And with that revelation, he’ll decide to try his hand at the chin-up station in the three seasons’ room. 

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He’ll get pretty good at those and then add push-ups to his regular routine. 

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After all, the rhythmic pattern of doing a set of push-ups will help him concentrate while he practices his spelling words for the grade wide spelling bee at school–which of course his mother will firmly insist that he wear a shirt for. 

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All those push-ups will pay off and he’ll win that spelling bee, moving up to compete against his brother in the 2nd and 3rd grade bee.

He is by now of course, used to brotherly competition and will do his dead-level best against the big kids, hanging in there with Asher until the final three. He’ll snag that third place medal, content for Asher to take first place. 

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But, he’ll soon begin to wonder what else he can give his brother a run for the money on and choose to “help” Asher learn his multiplication tables all the while filing away those math facts in his permanent data storage. He’ll stay close on Asher’s heels in the great Compton reading challenge (how many books can you read this summer and fall) polishing off several Magic Treehouse books before moving onto Harry Potter and then onto the Rush Revere series, I Survived series and now trying out E. L. Konigsburg.

That prized piece of junk jewelry will not be a match for such a busy kid and will slowly disintegrate before snapping in two.  He’ll shed some tears over the loss of his faithful companion, and he’ll begin to realize that all that work and competition is very wearying. He’ll need some downtime.

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 And when he takes it, he’ll start to wonder what he should buy next year at that souvenir shop in Florida…

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