Friday, September 12, 2008


The boys went digging for bugs again in this brick mess that Aleks made.

There were lots of slugs and Roly Polies as always, but today they discovered a "lizard." I told them it was a salamander. The neighbor kids said they turned into tadpoles. I told them tadpoles grew into frogs. we also discussed where salamanders live and that we couldn't have this one out too long as it was such a hot day he might shrivel. We did take him inside to show Papa though.
Then we took him back out and put him under one of the bricks.
The boys spent a little extra time saying goodbye before coming in for dinner, however.

When Aleksander was a baby, my mother sang a song to the tune of Thumbelina, bestowing Aleks with the nickname Salamander:

Aleksander Salamander tiny little thing
Aleksander dance, Salamander sing
Aleksander what’s the difference if you’re very small?
When your heart is full of love you’re nine feet tall

The whole time he was in the hospital after his first surgery (several days), we sang that to him as well as lots of the songs from the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack and my favorite lullabies, Hush Little Baby, You Are My Sunshine, and Hush-a-Bye. I can never remember most of the lyrics to many of these songs, unfortunately. My mother seems to catalog them all somehow.


Lynnie said...

That song is adorable!

Rachel said...

Ooo, I love the photo of the salamander in hand. Thanks for linking to us! And it's even better to think of that salamander with the song. So sweet.

Amy said...

Such a sweet song. I am inspired by you, your children and your parenting choices every time I read. :)