Our oldest boy is just starting to figure things out: his name, his age, how he's doing, and how to answer these important questions.
Over the past couple of months when we've asked him how he's doing, he responds, "I'm Uilleam!"
"Yes, we know you're Uilleam, but how are you doing?"
"I'm Uilleam!" he repeats.
He replies the same when we ask him his age.
"I'm UILLEAM!" he insists.
We've had to talk a lot about money lately, what with the state of the economy, tax returns and so forth. Perhaps overhearing our conversations have caused him to answer in his new way.
"So, how's my boy?" we will ask him.
"Five dollars," he says.
"No, Ulie, how are you doing?"
"Five dollars!" he says.
Then we'll ask him his name.
There was a kid in the Peanuts comic strips whose name was "Five." Perhaps we ought to change Uilleam's name to "$5" since he's going to be faced with issues related to money all his life.
That's probably not a good idea seeing that he now is learning his ABCs, and I'm sure by next week his name will be "Letters."