Friday, December 11, 2009

I Made It Out of Clay

The Bean had a whole mess of dreidels when I got home. Earlier that day WonderWife™ had opened the "Hanukkah box", which contained our menorah, the greatest Hanukkah book ever written, and a few dreidels. These were added to the two he got at pre-school bringing the grand total to...a whole mess of them.

I sat down next to the Bean and began to spin them all at once. When they stopped, he asked me to do it again.

"How about I teach you how to spin it yourself?" I asked him.

"Um...I think I'd just like you to do it," he replied.

I knew this behavior. The Bean doesn't like to try to do anything at which he thinks he might fail. This is something I am patiently trying to work on. Plus, I had a vision of a future that consisted of nothing else but me spinning dreidels for the kids for the next week. I told the Bean that I thought he should give it a try.

"I tried today at school and it didn't work," he told me.

"Well, that's because you were taught by an expert dreidel spinner like me," I said.

Interest piqued, he scooted closer to me and I showed him how to spin it. On his first try, it wobbled a bit, but moved in a somewhat circular motion that definitely counted as a spin. I cheered, which gave him enough encouragement to try it again. And again.

Happy Hanukkah everyone!


SciFi Dad said...

I ask this of every child of Israel... is it:
- Hanukkah
- Hanukah
- Chanukah
- Chanukkah

(according to Firefox spell-check, it's the first one, but I know I've seen it start with "C" before)

Regardless, awesome Neil Diamond pic, oh and Happy Howeveryouspellit.

Your escalator operator said...

Excellent dad story and top-notch photo. NEIL!!!

PS to SciFi - I personally like to mix it up every year. Keeps 'em guessing.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

It's pathetic that I don't even know what you are talking about...but the spinning sounds like hours of fun for sure :)

My oldest is the same way, he doesn't like to do anything he's going to not be good at or fail at.

Vancetastic said...

Since you referenced the dreidel song in your title, I thought I should share something funny I heard on NPR, that you may already know about: A new Hanukkah song has been recorded, in an attempt to prop up what is widely considered to be a sad selection of Hanukkah songs. I don't remember what it was called or how it goes, but I do remember who wrote it: Orrin Hatch (R), the senior senator from Utah, who is not Jewish.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

SciFi...I wish we could all get together and agree on one spelling. I've conformed to how Bill Gates wants me to spell it by using Word's spell check.

YEO...Have you heard Neil's cover of the Hanukkah song? It's pretty freakin' awesome.

Shelle...The dreidel game is awesome. It's like gambling but for kids!

Vance...I want nothing more than to hear that song!

James (SeattleDad) said...

Yeah, I don't know what a driedel is either. I should look that up.

Anyway, Happy Hanukkah to you all.

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Happy Hanukkah. Now I have the dreidel song in my head :)