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—”

“MOM CHECK OUT MY HAAAAAAAAAND!”

“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—”

“MOM I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!”

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

“MOM IT MAKES EVERYTHING MONSTER BIG!”

“Okay! That’s great! Time to go.”

“Mom? MOM?”

“Yes.”

“Mom, this is . . . blowing my mind.”

“Ah, is it? Heh. Well—”

“MOM I CAN’T WAIT TO TELL DAD ABOUT THIS.”

“Yeah? Me either.”

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Amy M.
Amy M.
12 years ago

Adorable. Love the wonder & innocence little kids have.

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

Lena
12 years ago

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…

samantha jo campen
12 years ago

HA HA HA HA!

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

Penne
Penne
12 years ago

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

Pete
Pete
12 years ago

good post!

marilyn
12 years ago

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

MichelleH
MichelleH
12 years ago

Hehehe, what does it MEAN????

Annie
Annie
12 years ago

love it… little boys are awesome.

Lo
Lo
12 years ago

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

april
12 years ago

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

Molly
12 years ago

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

Sunny
Sunny
12 years ago

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

Emily
Emily
12 years ago

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? ;)

Katherine
Katherine
12 years ago

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

heather
heather
12 years ago

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? heh.

tara
12 years ago

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

Junni
Junni
12 years ago

So much awesome.

Stacy
12 years ago

Hilarious! I wish you had a recording of that.

Mama Ritchie
12 years ago

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.

Victoria
12 years ago

awwww!

Jess
12 years ago

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

Amy
Amy
12 years ago

Aw.. I miss childlike wonder.

Tia
Tia
12 years ago

Awesome.

Emma
Emma
12 years ago

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.

Lindsey
Lindsey
12 years ago

Laughing.Out.Loud. Hehe.

Amity
Amity
12 years ago

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

Angella
12 years ago

He is the CUTEST. Love.

melospiza
12 years ago

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.)

Kate
12 years ago

Oh, this is so cute.

Janet
Janet
12 years ago

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

Amy
Amy
12 years ago

It’s so VIVID!!!! Hahahahaha!

agirlandaboy
12 years ago

I love that. Especially the last sentence.

(But what does it meeeeeaaaan???)