This is Patrick at 4.
For him, things HAVE to make sense. There should be a logical reason behind everything we do (at least, logical in the mind of a four year old - otherwise, how do I explain him spending half his day pretending he's a cat named Miles and his sister is a kitten named Peaches?). He's curious about everything and wants full, detailed explanations of why things are the way they are. I get nervous every time we touch on topics like life and death, people being "mean" or where babies come from because the second he starts down those rabbit holes there's no going back and I'm not sure I'm prepared to explain to him in the detail he'll demand what death really is, why some people just aren't nice or how babies come to be. But his intense desire to learn about the world is probably my favorite thing about him and he amazes me every day with what he can, and wants to, learn.
P: Dad, yesterday at school "James" (names changed to protect the innocent) said the toy treasure was heavier but I said the coins were heavier. He kept telling me the treasure was heavier though even though I really thought the coins were.
Me: Oh yea? So what happened?
P: I got the seesaw from the toy bin and I put the treasure on one side and the coins on the other. And the coins went all the way down to the ground!!"
Me: So you were right! What did James say?
P: James said we should put more treasure on!
And that is why I avoid arguments with Patrick. (Well, that and the fact that he's four. If you're seriously arguing with a four year old, you've already lost.) If I give him a reason for something I better make sure I've got the facts to back it up because he will ask me to prove it and if something sounds fishy, he'll jump all over it.
Here's a video from the party. The song is one of the kids' favorites right now from Matt Maher. (PS: there are no good bug songs for kids videos. Can someone please fix that?)
Thank you thank you to all the family and friends that came to Patrick's party or called to say happy birthday or sent cards. We can't believe he's already four years old but we couldn't be happier with who he is!
Here's a slideshow of pictures from the birthday party or you can go to the gallery here: