Sunday, March 20, 2011

160 - sh...its a bird

Some days you are the bird, others the statue.


what does it take to be a man?

my youngest says,
"snowboard the mountain."

my oldest,
"watch the news and suck
as many lemons as you can."

my, they grow up fast.



What can you say in 160 characters? Go tell Monkey.
The picture inspiration is from One Shoot Sunday at One Stop Poetry.

These we actual answers given. I can see we have a long way to go in our learning...smiles.

93 comments:

Bonnie said...

Wow - two very different and fabulous perspectives. Pretty astute for little guys!

hpicasso said...

sh...it's a plane...it's superDad

stoned truths

Peace, hp

your name is safe...today

Matty said...

Two children from the same parents, but with different perspectives. Each is unique.

Jerry said...

Ha. so profoundly funny. Bird or Statue?...that is the question!

dustus said...

Think I may have issued similar answers while growing up. Well played in 160!

Aquarius63 said...

Great answers :).

Anita.

annell said...

Before you know it. And they will have "learned" you a lot in the process. Loved it.

joanny said...

Brian:

It seems like forever since I posted, and made my way over here,
great photo and love your caption, out of the mouth of babes.

The seagull floats overhead and in the morning mist leaves the nectar of wisdom.

Joanny

Theodore Daniel Richards said...

the younger has courage; the older has wisdom; and fruit does not fall far from the tree

ayala said...

Wise children....:-) awesome

haikulovesongs said...

loved it all, Brian. a great way to start the morning...umm..end the night? anyway, i adore when you write about your kids. i can feel the love in your words.

Glynn said...

If one takes the question -- what does it take to be a man -- as a poetic challenge, then your children have managed to capture the ummary of the possibilities. Well done, Brian and children.

Claudia said...

ha - ha - love the title and love the answers of your boys ;=)
maybe you should read them yesterday's kipling poem "if"...smiles

Boom Boom Larew said...

What a difference a few years make. Gotta love 'em!

Here's hoping you get to be the bird today!

Daniel said...

O.K. this was funny and revealing Great way to start my day!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Watching the news does make you want to suck lemons ...... I love to hear those thoughts of the little ones.

Lorraine said...

Gosh, brilliant as their fathers, I say, they take it and run with it lol

Eva Gallant said...

Wow. Smart fellas you have there!

Heather said...

Cool - love their answers...two perspectives...I love what our kids think of us! hee! hope you are having a great sunday with them!

DJan said...

I have to leave a comment now and then just to let you know I'm still reading, still here. I love the picture, the comments, the kids. You are a fortunate man, Brian.

Shewriting said...

too fast! enjoy your lemons today, brian (smiles)

TechnoBabe said...

Pass the lemons, please.

Linda said...

I prefer limes, but I am not a man. A very touching post Brian. Thank you for sharing generations of wisdom.

Ami Mattison said...

Okay, I'm chuckling at "Some days you are the bird, others the statue" as it seems to illuminate the disparities between the two son's views and suggests that the boys are taking cues from Dad--who is both bird and statue. Well-played in 160, my friend!

Myrna R. said...

How cute. Wonder what they'll say in 10 years. Nice to know that you're their role model.

Bossy Betty said...

Love your 160 words!

Perhaps the statue sees the bird as a blessing.

Sue said...

First of all, loved the photo and caption. We've all been the statue more than once. (Of course, I am NEVER the bird..)

;)

PS. Sucking lemons is my specialty...

Janice said...
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Janice said...

Loved the photo and caption...so true. And your kids' answers so charmingly reflect where they are developmentally in their own world.

What does it take to be a man anyhow? Who knows?

Just Be Real said...

You got that right Brian. Blessings.

Fireblossom said...

I like the younger son's way of looking at it. :-)

Enchanted Oak said...

Do you do that? Watch the news and suck lemons? Where do those thoughts come from? I can only marvel at the logic and intuition of small children.

tracy said...

ROTFL. Loved the title you came up with!

David Allen Waters said...

out the mouths of babes:)

trisha said...

what does it takes to be a man?

Helen said...

From first word of your title to last of the 160 ~~ just great!

Thoughts Not Lost said...

True and fun words!

Raven said...

I'm glad I don't have to be a man!

Your kids are hilarious!

avoidtheclap said...

Great way to involve the kids.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Many a true word said in jest. I got such a kick out of this poem :)

Steve Isaak said...

Perfect, wish I'd written this (said in a friendly, non-jealous way).

Hilary said...

Gotta love the way kidlets think. :)

Magpie said...

What a title! Great. I love their ideas about being a man...where do they get them, I wonder.

hedgewitch said...

Nice one brian--catches the metaphor of the statue pretty well in both cases, I think. No matter what pose you strike, someone will come ...sit...on your head.

Monkey Man said...

A question for the ages....all ages. Great stuff, Brian. Thanks for playing along with he Sunday 160.

Arts web show said...

Ha ha, cool, witty.
Nice one Brian

Olivia said...

Love the answers! Different perspectives though..

They do grow up fast.. smiles xx

Brian Miller said...

honestly my favorite is to listen to them sing as they make up the words...i dunno where they got this...i seldom watch the news unless i am so boyantly happy that i need depressing...but they are funny none the less...

repressedsoul said...

Kids, honestly! How quickly they turn into us lol I asked mine about the prompt, youngest- birdies tired eldest-birds going to take a sh...poo on the old man's head. Pessimists at 3 and 6 respectively...

Betsy said...

lol..your boys are so cute. Boys just are entertaining no matter what they do or say! :) Make sure you make lemonade with all of those lemons, ok?

Bernie said...

and they are both right...:-)Hugs

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

They surely do, first to know s if what words they say, that comes as surprise more than the height they gain

ds said...

Like father, like sons... :D

bodhirose said...

Hahaha--laughing both at your children's cool answers to that question and your playful title!

Baino said...

I'm for snowboarding the mountain (well if my knees were any good)

PurestGreen said...

That photo was the perfect intro to this post. Love it.

drybottomgirl said...

I love this! Perhaps sucking lemons while watching the news helps to make is not so depressing. Your children are priceless.....

Friko said...

don't they just. grow up fast, I mean.

so young and already so wise.

flaubert said...

Brian, definitely two different perspectives. The snowboarding one made me laugh.

Pamela

Maggie May said...

Two very individual ways of looking at things!
Love that photo.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Don't Want A Real Job said...

Ha! loved this Brian. Cheers.

sage said...

on whose head is the bird perched? Yes, they do go up, but still today, I'll go to the mountains before I suck up the news and lemons.

Kavita said...

Woohoo! Two totally different but equally wise statements!! Awesome!! :)


"Some days we are the bird, and on others, we are what the bird does" ;-)

Pheromone Girl said...

I think I'd prefer to be the bird just about any day.

rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

hahaha two ways that are pretty funny
But right on the money
As it can be done in different ways
Although I wouldn`t recommend rhyming for days
As pretty soon a man you are not
Just a loon trying not to get caught
Don`t worry the cat will eat the bird
So it won`t be able to shit a turd
That be nice
Just be sure and give me some spice

secret agent woman said...

This is why I never want to be a statue.

lori said...

This is awesome. If you can suck on lemons and snowboard mountains, you can do anything! I think those answers are fantastic. This was fun :) Kids bring a lot of joy, don't they?

Helena said...

Enjoyed your boys outlook! Statue or bird…decisions, decisions lol!
Since my nick name is Pidge {short for pigeon}, I choose the bird…


♥ ஆεlεɳa ~.^

nrhatch said...

Wonderful caption, title, and post!

Excellent!

Alegria Imperial said...

Just simply love how you put all elements together in one 'big' poem! Wonderful take. Brian! Thanks so much.

kkrige said...

Ha, love your eldest's answer. I prefer to stay away fromt he news as much as possible, as you usually don't need those lemons to make a sour face.

Diamonds and Dogs said...

Children outpace us so quickly!

Nicely done.

Regards...

R. Burnett Baker said...

I've always said that some days are diamonds, some days are stone. I like your perspective much much more!

Rick

angela said...

Fabulous caption; sounds like you need a sidebar blog to include commentary by those clever ones!

TALON said...

lol! This was funny, Brian.

Kaylen said...

Great pic!
Smart kids!! :)

The Empress said...

I have never heard that, "sometimes you're the bird, other times you're the statue."

Really.

I am using it tomorrow..you know the chance to use it will come up.

I love it.

adeeyoyo said...

Clever boys! Like the picture caption - how true...

KB said...

I love the way they think.

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Lovely Pics!

Greyscale Territory said...

A very clever challenge of perspectives! It's not a metter of right and wrong! It's a matter of vision and understanding qualified by experience!

Zuzana said...

Ah yes, the perception of a children's view of the world.;)
For some reason this brings to my mind the poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled If.
One of my favorite ones, even though I am a woman.;)
Have a great Monday dear Brian,
xoxo

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Love the picture and the title of this post!!!

CJ xx

Gaston Studio said...

Two wonderfully different kids Brian, how lucky you are. Great poem; and I love being the bird.

happygirl said...

I'm so glad you can hear your children speak. I need to work on that. LOVE the perspectives.

mama-face said...

Your boys seem to have your sense of seeing beyond the obvious. Love their answers.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
(Laughter!)
Thanks, for sharing your sons' thoughts or views with your readers,
too!
[I really like the latter response...even though both are great!]
DeeDee ;-D

slommler said...

Suck on lemons??? Ha!! Hilarious!!
Love their thinking for sure!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Goofball said...

is sucking lemons and watching the news related???


Love that picture :D

Jen Chandler said...

To say so much in so few words. Funny how siblings can be so different. It's always been that way with my sister and me.

Cheers!

Margaret said...

LOL! It is probably easier to snowboard the mountain! :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Hahaha! Well said.

Marla said...

They sound like perfectly good answers to me. :-)