Our chickens are laying eggs! After taking a six month break, in the past couple of weeks they have laid some random eggs here and there, and then nothing again. But today I went out there and there were EIGHT eggs, which means they have laid two a day for the past four days! I do not know why they stopped laying eggs and now I have no idea what has prompted them to start laying eggs again -maybe it was all the threats of death? Whatever the reason, I’m just hopeful that we’re going to continue to get eggs from them for a while!
Mum and Dad came for lunch today and then went and watched Soren play basketball. His team had another loss, but as I say every single week they actually play a lot better than the score line would indicate.
Although one weird thing about basketball is that it has made me realise that Soren is actually (at least at this point in his life) quite tall. He’s the tallest kid on his team, and usually taller than most of the kids on the other team too. He’s ten in an under 12 team, so the other kids have to be at least his age or a year older, so perhaps he is actually going to be tall? I don’t know why this surprises me, but it does!
Troy and I had to sit Soren down yesterday and have a serious talk with him about the way he’s been somewhat evasive or sneaky lately. He’s not exactly telling lies, but he is certainly…structuring the truth a little bit! Just not telling us things, or telling us things in a way that makes it seem like something else – that kind of thing. Like with his hair, saying that the hairbands ‘broke’…well yes, they did break, but they broke because he pulled on them until they did so only he’s not sharing that part of it! Then yesterday he asked us if he could go for a bike ride and we said yes, but what he didn’t say was that he was planning a bike ride not just around the neighbourhood, but to Aldi to buy something. (Which he then attempted to sneak into the house by hiding it in his pocket). It wasn’t a huge deal exactly, but it’s also not the sort of behaviour we want to encourage in him. As we said to him, we know he hasn’t been lying exactly but he also hasn’t been completely honest and that’s a problem. And if he doesn’t want to tell us something (like going to Aldi for example) because he thinks we’re going to say no, then maybe he shouldn’t be doing it!
Really, I probably would have said no to going to Aldi – it’s actually quite a good bike ride for him and I didn’t have any problem with him buying something, but he has to cross Learmonth Street and there’s no pedestrian crossing. At that time of night (it was late afternoon, starting to get dark and traffic starting to get heavy) I don’t think that it’s quite safe for him and his level of both street crossing and bike riding experience. But I would have explained to him why I didn’t want him to, and I would have offered to take him to Aldi today.
Anyway, it was not a particularly fun conversation to have with him. He got upset – not because he thought we were being unfair, but because I think he was feeling a bit guilty about the whole thing. It’s can be a really delicate balance to get across how unacceptable the behaviour is and how seriously we take dishonesty, without making him feel like he’s been a terrible person. I don’t know if I got it right, but we tried.
Although I think part of what made it feel odd was that it was Soren – I truly wouldn’t have really expected this of him.