My funny and intriguing son

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My nine-year old son, Brandon, is one of the most interesting and witty kids that I have encountered.  Sometimes, he says things while joking around with us that make my wife Pam and I double over in laughter.  Other times, he is able to do this unintentionally.  Over the past few weeks since his birthday (mid-December), he has had a few moments that I thought were worth documenting here. 

The other day, Pam asked Brandon to help get some cereal for his little sister.  He prepared the bowl, and Pam remarked, "That's great, Br.." when she was interrupted sharply by Brandon:

"Well, I know exactly how much a six-year old needs." 

Pam mentioned to me that he sounded very much like Dwight Shrute from "The Office" when he said this.  In other words, he said it in a very serious and focused manner, as if it were common knowledge.


 Another humorous (or at least it is to me) new development makes it feel like the teenage years are closer than I sometimes realize.

When we ask him a question that he is not completely sure about, he quickly retorts, "Don't know, don't care."  It looks much worse when I type it out, but he says it so nonchalantly that it is actually more funny than disrespectful.  I am guessing he picked this up from TV or from a book.

Yesterday, when he got up in the morning, he asked me, "Is today Saturday?"  I told him that it was, and he immediately launched into a celebration:

"Yes!!  Oh, yeah!  Yes!  (singing) It's Saturday today!"  Then, "Wait...(calmly, to himself)...Savor the moment.  Savor the moment."  While I can certainly relate to this last sentiment, it was hilarious coming from him.


Since we homeschool, I am not generally as surprised as I used to be when I hear something that my kids say that makes them sound like college professors speaking to each other.  I learn more from my wife than I care to admit, as she is frankly a lot smarter than I am, at least in certain areas, especially the sciences.  

My son is also quite literal sometimes.  For example, Pam was teaching the kids about different birds from a rather extensive Animal Dictionary book that we have:

PAM: Look at this one.  It's really pretty.  He has green feathers on his head, and...

BRANDON: Too bad he's made out of wood, though.

PAM: What?

BRANDON (smiling): It says it right there - "wood duck".

Pam absolutely lost it and started laughing.

BRANDON: Well, it says it right there on the page.

I got to join in the laughter, too, since I was working at home. 

ME: How much wood would a wood duck duck if a wood duck could duck wood?

Welcome to the world of homeschooling, especially when your kids are geniuses.  I have a feeling that we are in for a lot of laughs as the kids get older. 

As always, thanks for reading!

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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
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LIBBY - Thanks for your nice comments.  Yes, my wife has sacrificed quite a bit to provide a great education for our kids.  I'm glad you liked this one!

NANCY - I guess I should apologize for putting that phrase in your mind.  I hope you have a terrific week!

MARY - Thanks for the advice.  I have written at least 20 posts about my kids so far - they make great blog fodder, in my opinion.

TONI - It sounds like you can definitely relate!  Thanks for your comments.

DEB - You make an excellent point - I am probably the one who could use this advice about savoring the moment.  Have a great week!

DAN - Yes, they are really hilarious sometimes.  They are scary smart.

Jan 28, 2008 05:53 AM #16
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
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Jason... I am semi jealous because I love kids....  and as you know, I don't have any of my own. I just have to live vicariously through my sister's kids.... 4 of them with 2 on the way. But I can relate to much of what you talk about, because it's so hilarious to hear what comes out of my nieces and nephews mouths. It's just great watching kids growing up and how much older they seem than they really are at times.  Thanks for sharing this...

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Jan 28, 2008 02:06 PM #17
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
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Keep them coming - there are never enough stories about kids.  It is wonderful that you enjoy them so much.  -Virginia
Jan 28, 2008 03:03 PM #18
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

DEBBIE - That's cool that you are fellow homeschoolers!  In our case, I have a feeling that we can look forward to many years of big words around our house.

ALAN - They do seem to pass very quickly.  Talk to you soon!

BILL - Kids are hilarious and interesting.  It is amazing to me to watch how quickly they learn.

KATHY - Our almost-two-year old is very entertaining as well.  Thanks for your comments on this one -

ROBERT - That is very cool.  I don't know what the future holds for them, but I know that God has a great plan for their lives and I will be excited to see how it plays out.

MARTIN - You are probably joking, but I am game.  My wife wants arranged marriages if possible. 

JENNIFER - Let me get back to you on that.  Actually, Paul seems to be a good son.  He works with his dad and they seem to have a great relationship.  It could be a lot worse, right?

RENAE - I realize that those years are coming soon enough.  I am not looking forward to them.

DANNY - Glad that you liked it.  As you said, parenting is the best job in the world.

JEFF - You can also live vicariously through my experiences if you like.  Thanks so much for taking time to comment!

VIRGINIA - I have written quite a few posts about them (over 20 so far).  I will continue!

Jan 28, 2008 05:01 PM #19
Maria Couto
RE/MAX Premier - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You'
Jason I congratulate you on home schooling your son. I can see the pride.  As much as I love my children I don't have the patience. It's an admirable quality.
Jan 28, 2008 05:25 PM #20
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Jason- I love every moment with Tristan, especially at this age. With homeschool we are there to relish every first, every witty thing he says and every step he takes! Homeschool Rocks! Katerina
Jan 28, 2008 05:26 PM #21
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

MARIA - My wife is really the one who deserves the congratulations - she does the lion's share of the educating in our house.  Thanks for your comments!

KATERINA - I agree - homeschooling is AWESOME!  I feel so blessed to be able to experience these moments firsthand.

Jan 28, 2008 05:37 PM #22
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Very cute, Jason.......

Your kids must bring you a LOT of happiness........

That is part of what they are in our lives for, hmm?


Jan 29, 2008 10:53 AM #23
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
ALEX - Absolutely.  They bring me daily joy!  Thanks for reading this one, and for your comments, buddy.
Jan 29, 2008 02:09 PM #24
Marcia Kirtonx
EXIT All Seasons Realty - Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY - EXIT Realty
Jason ... How funny!!! How much wood would a wood duck duck if a wood duck could duck wood? How do you come up with these things? And you wonder where your son gets his wits from???
Jan 29, 2008 03:18 PM #25
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Right there with you, I am lucky to have a smart wife (She married me so obviously she is smart) who does all the home schooling. I swear I learn something new everyday from my wife and kids, I can say this homeschooling that has been the best thing for me also.

Jan 30, 2008 04:31 PM #26
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
JASON - You and Pam must be tough teachers if Brandon is doing a happy dance because it's Saturday!  He is a funny kid though.  It's nice to see that he knows how to savor a moment.
Jan 31, 2008 02:42 AM #27
Ginger Wilcox
Sindeo - San Francisco, CA
My six year old already talks like the professor, I can only imagine what it will be like when she turns nine!  I agree with Adam, you guys must be strict.  I admire you- i could never, ever have the patience to home school!
Feb 02, 2008 10:56 AM #28
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Awesome Post Jason  Brandon is a Gem and it's great you get to work from Home and enjoy these precious moments before they are grown :)



Feb 02, 2008 12:53 PM #29
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

MARCIA - That's just sort of how my mind works (extremely witty and at light speed). :-)  But seriously, my son really is very much like I was at his age.

TODD - I think I am going to start writing more homeschooling posts soon.  I can't say enough good things about it, at least for our family.

ADAM - I don't know that we are particularly tough, but I guess a break from any routine is a welcome one.  I agree - Brandon is really funny.

GINGER - We are not really very strict, but they don't know what it's like to be in school for 7 hours daily.  Homeschooling works well for us, but I realize that it is not a good fit for everyone.

GRACE - Thanks!  I agree - it is a blessing to be able to witness this stuff firsthand.

Feb 02, 2008 01:10 PM #30
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
Kids can sure put your day into prospective, can't they?  good post.
Feb 02, 2008 01:39 PM #31
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
JUDI - Absolutely.  They are very good at that.  I find myself learning a lot from them.  Thanks for reading this one!
Feb 02, 2008 01:41 PM #32
Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona
Jason, we too home schooled and had a blast doing it. Our daughter was so blessed to have 4 teachers as my parents lived in the guest house behind our house. Our one and only regret? Those days are over. Now our 28 year old baby is a married mom with a two year old of her own. 
Feb 03, 2008 10:47 AM #33
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
YVONNE - That sounds like a terrific setup!  I know that I don't look forward to the day when homeschooling ends.  Thanks for your great comments!
Feb 03, 2008 11:30 AM #34
Brande Bradford
Keller Williams - McDonough, GA
Jason....I love some of the things kids come up with.  BY the way, your right the teenage years are coming.  Been there, dont that, your in for some real laughs!  Thanks for sharing a great post.
Feb 03, 2008 01:20 PM #35
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