We were at the store earlier today and on a whim I decided to buy a couple of sturdy plastic magnifying glasses for the boys. The instant I handed one over to Riley, he held it up to his face and shrieked with delight. “MY HAND!” he yelled. “MY HAND IS SO HUGE!”

He was so loud, people from adjoining aisles were peering over to see what was going on. I smiled and made little frantic hushing motions.

“My hand is like a MONSTER HAND!”

“Yes, it’s—”


“Yes. Um. Shhhh.”

“Wait a minute! MOM! MOMMMMMM! Guess what? Guess what Mom? MOM GUESS WHAT?”

“What? Shhhh. Remember about using your indoor voice, okay? What?”

“Mom this glass actually makes everything big!”

“Yes, well um . . . yes, it’s a magnify—”


People were standing around laughing and grinning, elbowing each other. We’d actually attracted a small crowd.


“Okay! That’s great! Time to go.”

“Mom? MOM?”


“Mom, this is . . . blowing my mind.”

“Ah, is it? Heh. Well—”


“Yeah? Me either.”


32 Responses to “5-year-olds and double rainbows”

  1. Amy M. on September 22nd, 2010 2:52 pm

    Adorable. Love the wonder & innocence little kids have.

    Also, Riley could’ve been a YouTube sensation! :)

  2. Lena on September 22nd, 2010 2:54 pm

    Hee hee hee, that’s cute. I bought magnifying glasses for my girls the other day and they couldn’t figure out that you don’t hold it RIGHT UP TO YOUR FACE, despite how many times I tried to explain it to them…

  3. samantha jo campen on September 22nd, 2010 3:00 pm

    HA HA HA HA!

    It’s the little (er, big?) things isn’t it?

  4. Penne on September 22nd, 2010 3:03 pm

    Dude. I love that your 5 year old says, “This is blowing my mind!” What a good life.

  5. Pete on September 22nd, 2010 3:08 pm

    good post!

  6. marilyn on September 22nd, 2010 3:13 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Oh, man. This was great. Your “heh” about it blowing his mind made me have a giggle fit. Yay Riley!

  7. MichelleH on September 22nd, 2010 3:14 pm

    Hehehe, what does it MEAN????

  8. Annie on September 22nd, 2010 3:19 pm

    love it… little boys are awesome.

  9. Lo on September 22nd, 2010 3:37 pm

    I wish I had been at the store… that’s EPIC.

  10. april on September 22nd, 2010 3:55 pm

    Oh, thanks – I needed to laugh that hard. :) I really, really did.

  11. Molly on September 22nd, 2010 3:59 pm

    So adorable! My students are obsessed with our overhead doc cam. When any teacher puts their hand on it to write they go “LOOK! HIS HAND IS SO BIG! ITS GIANT”

    Sounds like they should hang out with Riley

  12. Sunny on September 22nd, 2010 4:09 pm

    Very cool. Sounds much better than being locked at Workplace!

  13. Emily on September 22nd, 2010 4:29 pm

    Please tell me that tomorrow you’ll post about what JB had to say about the magnifying glasses? And that he asked you to go buy another one? ;)

  14. Katherine on September 22nd, 2010 5:01 pm

    Yes, there’s no doubt what JB will look at through the magnifying glass. Look how BIG IT IS!!!!!

  15. heather on September 22nd, 2010 5:05 pm


  16. tara on September 22nd, 2010 5:16 pm

    the title is perfect.
    oh, to be five again.

  17. Junni on September 22nd, 2010 7:22 pm

    So much awesome.

  18. Stacy on September 22nd, 2010 7:49 pm

    Hilarious! I wish you had a recording of that.

  19. Mama Ritchie on September 22nd, 2010 9:02 pm

    I really thought this was going to lead to, as so many things do with boys, the penis, as in “Mom, would this make my penis huge?” Then I realized JB wasn’t there, so you were probably safe.

  20. Victoria on September 22nd, 2010 10:08 pm


  21. Jess on September 22nd, 2010 10:09 pm

    LOVE IT!! Just think all these things you get to see more!! Right on!!

  22. Amy on September 23rd, 2010 3:40 am

    Aw.. I miss childlike wonder.

  23. Tia on September 23rd, 2010 5:30 am


  24. Emma on September 23rd, 2010 5:40 am

    Ha! Yeah, my mind is corrupted by little boys too (okay, dirty). I was expecting you to turn around and see him looking down his pants. Or maybe that will be tomorrow’s post.

  25. Lindsey on September 23rd, 2010 6:35 am

    Laughing.Out.Loud. Hehe.

  26. Amity on September 23rd, 2010 6:54 am

    Seconding Emma’s comment. Totally thought he was going to have it down his pants to see if it made that MONSTER BIG.

  27. Angella on September 23rd, 2010 7:33 am

    He is the CUTEST. Love.

  28. melospiza on September 23rd, 2010 8:05 am

    I always feel like I’m performing a type of public service when my kids do this. There was that time we went on a tour of Wind Cave and my five-year-old son was like his own private cheering section: “Wow, this is the COOLEST CAVE! Mom, do you think REAL BEARS live here? This is SO GREAT!” Total enthusiasm up until the second he needed to pee, and then he became entertainment of a different, more nail-biting sort (note: no peeing allowed in public caves. JEEZ.)

  29. Kate on September 23rd, 2010 8:53 am

    Oh, this is so cute.

  30. Janet on September 23rd, 2010 9:16 am

    HAHAHAHA! Love it. I’m gonna go get my magnifing glass now have fun with it all day today in Riley’s honor.

  31. Amy on September 23rd, 2010 9:44 am

    It’s so VIVID!!!! Hahahahaha!

  32. agirlandaboy on September 23rd, 2010 11:07 am

    I love that. Especially the last sentence.

    (But what does it meeeeeaaaan???)

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