The trip to Arizona was a total success. The experience brought so many hidden blessings. New adventures. New friends. New energy. I'm still in awe.
The first person I saw when we pulled into Peachy's driveway (after the twelve hour trek) was the one person I was itching to meet - The Butterbean. I jumped out of the car and ran to him with open arms.
I spent much of my time with the BeanyBoy and a few of his friends. I just couldn't keep up with the adult conversation in the kitchen. OK, I guess I could have. I just didn't want to. So I made my way to the livingroom floor to be even more befuddled by the Yu-G-iOh! card game the boys were playing. (honestly, how do they do that kind of math in their heads?)
I had talked to The Butterbean before I arrived about critters and the desert. I know nothing - well, very little - and he knows everything - well, very much - about the desert. He was the best tour guide I'd ever had on any vacation I've ever taken. This kid remembers the names and characteristics of all cactus (cacti? cactusses?) and every moving creature on land and in the sky.
Zooooommm ...Hey Butterbean, what just flew overhead? I thought he'd missed it. But after a little squinting toward the sun, he looked back into my eyes and informed me, "That's a Cactus Wren."
My favorite part of the tour was when he showed me one of very many snake holes. Confident the snakes were sleeping below our feet, he pointed out a spider web at the opening of the biggest hole and quizzed, "Do you know what this is? [dead-silence from me] ... It's called sharing a home." He went on to say the spider would be an asset to the snake as bugs will get trapped in the web providing nourishment for both the snake and the spider. [hello genius-boy]
I'd share more about the actual tour but I can't remember the name of one cactus or plant or critter he introduced me to - in great detail even. It didn't matter how many times he said the name, it just didn't sink in. For this entry, I even had to do a google search on the state bird of Arizona to remember the name. I knew it was a wren but couldn't remember cactus. Hellooooo! So I took a lot of pictures [like a true tourist] and told him I'll need his help labeling them.
After the thorough tour of the desert [which is essentially his backyard] he showed me a few of his signature baseball pitches he's been working on all summer. A boy after my own heart. He's got quite a wind-up.
Later he showed me where the geckos hang out during the night. Cute little things. We tried, but I just couldn't get a clear image of one because of the light/night contrast. And after that, he shared his talent on the recorder. He knows more than a dozen songs by heart.
This little being is very well-rounded. He can do anything he sets his mind on. He's intelligent, wise, creative and compassionate. Of course, he has his feisty side too. But, don't we all? It's a nice balance.
According to The Butterbean, he's saving for a trip to LA. I believe it too. Look out Hollywood. He'll take us by storm.
Hi BeanyBoy. Thank you for the tour. Keep practicing those pitches. You're on the right track. I hope to see you again soon. Until then, enjoy school and put your heart into all you do. And now that this entry is a total link-fest to your AOL-Journal, I suggest you spend some time posting an entry or two. :P