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  • He Gets It

    December 9, 2008

    A frequent topic of conversation around our house lately has been the difference between want and need.Β  It came up over dinner again last night when Antique Daddy asked Sean to name some things that fall into the category of need.

    “Food!” he answered enthusiastically.

    “And then after that, friends,” he added quickly.

    I think I would have to agree.


    1. jolyn says:

      Yay! You’re back!

      And Sean’s right.

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    2. Kathy says:

      He’s brilliant. Just like his antiquemommy.

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    3. Jenni says:

      I’m so glad you’re back, AM. I have missed your wisdom, and Sean’s!

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    4. Linds says:

      It is great to see you back up again, AM….but where is your handmade carnival?? I need to find a link!

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    5. Carly says:

      Welcome back – you were missed!

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    6. Aggiema (Michelle) says:

      So glad you are back!

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    7. Kathleen says:

      YOU’RE BACK!!!


      I don’t think I every commented before, and I was devastated when I heard you’d shut up shop.
      I, too am lucky enought to be an antique mommy: my first born came to us when I was 42. Even luckier, her sister followed 17 months later.
      I have so appreciated your perceptions of this different journey and sharing your tangible delight in your son. It is a delight to read you, and I missed you terribly!
      Keep on, um, keeping on!

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    8. allysha says:

      oh, hooray! I’m glad to see you writing again. Also, food and friends = good stuff.

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    9. Robbin says:

      Welcome back!

      I am not so sure that I would have put food first…

      December 9th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    10. Karen {simply a musing blog} says:

      YAY. you are back. :)Missed reading your posts – more than you know!

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    11. Sarah says:

      whoo-hoo! you are back….

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    12. cattailmama says:

      missed you…glad to see you’re back

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    13. Lisa Beth W. says:

      Oh, HURRAY! There you are again, hello, hello! Yes, I would definitely put friends on that list, too. πŸ™‚

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    14. Fiddledeedee says:

      You’re back! You’re back! My joy knows no bounds!!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    15. Tara says:

      Welcome back!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    16. Karen says:

      how wonderful for you and ad that your son, indeed he gets what eludes even most adults.

      ps so glad you are back…

      December 9th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    17. Joan Crowson says:

      Whew! I was afraid you had left us for good! So glad your back and so glad Sean “gets it”!

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    18. Ingrid says:

      Oh man, I’m so happy you’re back! Love your sense of humor!!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    19. ShackelMom says:

      Oh, I’m so glad you are back, I’ve missed you! πŸ™‚

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    20. Jenny 8675309 says:

      Another, “YEAH YOU’RE BACK!” Missed ya, AM.

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    21. Kerri says:

      So glad you’re back! We missed you!!! Sean is absolutely right! I’ve been blessed with incredible friends in my life and I hope Sean will be too!

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    22. jj says:

      I have missed you. Ask some of your friends i have worried about you.What happened ? Your boy is so great you all are doing what God had planned for you . To be the best parents you could be, It sounds like your right on.
      Yeah yeah yeah you are back.

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    23. Jeana says:

      So good to see you back! Not that I’ve been checking your site every few hours, just in case you changed your mind, or anything like that…

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    24. rrmama says:

      Sean so gets it!

      Glad you are back, missed you.

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    25. Roxanne says:

      So glad to see you back, felt like I lost an old friend.

      Take care

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    26. Lucy says:

      Hey what happened! I’m SO glad you’re back. I was going into withdrawls. And I don’t even know what that is.

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    27. Shannon says:

      You’re BACK! Welcome!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    28. Pam says:

      Hooray! You’re back! We missed you.

      December 9th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    29. Joanna says:

      Ye-haw! You’re back!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    30. Rhonda says:

      I love it when they ‘get it’. Feels so good.

      And Welcome Back!

      December 9th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    31. Pam says:

      Glad you’re back!!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    32. Bringing Up Daisy says:

      Glad you’re back!

      December 9th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    33. canadacole says:

      I’m so glad you’re back!

      And it sounds to me like Sean is as smart as ever.

      December 9th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    34. diXymiss says:

      Missed you. Hope all is well in your world? Sounds like there’s a lot of wisdom wrapped up in that little boy package! Blessings.

      December 9th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    35. JanMary, N Ireland says:

      So glad to see you again. Hope all problems sorted.

      You son is one smart cookie!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    36. edj says:

      So glad you’re back! I’ve been meaning to email you. πŸ™‚ Welcome welcome welcome!

      December 9th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    37. Jan says:

      Oh, my goodness- I am glad you are back! I surprised myself with how sad I felt that you were gone.

      December 9th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    38. Tracy says:

      MISSED YOU! you’re back! YEAH!

      and yes, he’s right.

      December 9th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    39. Kendall says:

      So glad you’re back. You were missed — my morning “blog routine” just wasn’t the same without you!

      December 9th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    40. mimi says:

      So glad you are back! I see I am not alone in panicking when I could not find you! Don’t do that again :-), I was so sad!

      December 9th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    41. MrsNehemiah says:

      so glad you’re back.

      you’re on the short list of daily reads in my favorites. (daily meaning whatever days I get to be on the computer each week)
      Sean is right of course, friends are a need.

      Mrs N

      December 9th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    42. Pat says:

      Missed you so much! Glad you’re back! Sean is right: Wonderful to have friends!

      December 9th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    43. Shelly W. says:

      Just like Mrs. N, you’re on my short list, too, so I’m very, very glad you’re back! Hope nothing like this happens to you again.

      December 9th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    44. Roxanne says:

      Your comments are warning me of something, and I find at the bottom of this post that there are no less than FIVE VERBS that I can DO to your post–including kirtsy and stumble. πŸ™‚ I’m guessing those are wants and not needs?

      Love the way you are developing Sean’s reasoning and logic along with his common sense.

      December 9th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    45. Nett says:

      Welcome back! I hereby proclaim myself to be an addict. I checked in to see if you had resurfaced every day since you’ve been gone. Sometimes twice.
      I’ve really missed your stories and the way you tell them.

      So glad you’re back!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    46. trixiefan says:

      Glad you’re back! You were missed.

      December 9th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    47. Jean says:

      Yay!!! You’re back up!!! I missed reading your blog!

      December 9th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    48. Natalie says:

      It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS! Yeah!…you are back! Missed you.

      December 9th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    49. Tater Mama says:

      Oh, Antique Mommy! I had heard that you’d packed it up and called it a day. Imagine my delight to open my Google Reader and see something from you! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

      That Sean….what a sweetie!

      December 9th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    50. Melanie says:

      Sean is definitely right!!

      And I’m sooooo glad you’re back!! Doing a happy dance!

      December 9th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    51. Laura J. says:

      What a relief! I was afraid you were gone forever! So glad that you’re back home where you belong!

      December 9th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    52. Beck says:

      Hey, I’m so glad to see that you’re posting again! And Sean is so right.

      December 9th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    53. Krista says:

      Aw, sweet! Totally true!
      (and I’m glad you’re back too!)

      December 9th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    54. Rachel says:

      Yay for determined bloggers!

      Boo for stinky hackers!

      I’ve missed you!

      December 9th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    55. Rivkeleh says:

      Thank heavens! I agree with Sean — we definitely need friends. Glad to see you back!

      December 9th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    56. bejewell says:

      I’ve never been here before but judging from the comments lots of folks like ya. So maybe I’m here to stay.

      My ninth grade history class was taught by one of the coaches and the first thing we talked about were the seven basic needs of humans. Food, water, shelter, etc.

      One of the things was clothing, and I thought that was weird. Because do we really NEED clothing? I mean it IS possible that we could all turn nudist and run around without any clothes at all and still survive just fine. Especially if we all lived in a warm climate. (In North Dakota they probably DO need clothes.)

      But still, honestly, I think we need friends more.

      December 9th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    57. Debbie says:

      Oh so glad to see ya back.
      I’ve never commented but I read you OFTEN..

      December 9th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    58. k&c's mom says:

      I have checked daily for you, and at last: here you are, safely back on my screen! I hope whatever it took to get the blog back up was not too painful for you. Thanks for the effort. We missed you!

      December 9th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    59. Sharon M says:

      I was getting real worried about you and started asking around about you on other blogs. So glad that you are back. You are also on my short list.

      It’s awesome what you are teaching Sean and what he is teaching us.

      December 9th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    60. jean says:

      Welcome back. I’ve missed you very much. The comments looked odd to me, each one has a warning at the beginning. I hope that it is the only thing that has changed.

      December 9th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    61. tam says:

      I loved reading comments especially about the homemade carnival links. I too have been in a panic. Great to have you back.

      December 9th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    62. Sue says:

      Good to read you again! I join in with the rest in saying, “Glad you’re back!”

      December 9th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    63. Mary says:

      Thank you for coming back! I hope things go well for you.

      December 9th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    64. Meg @ SpicyMagnolia says:

      Yeah, welcome back!! Hope you enjoyed the blogging reprieve for a bit. πŸ™‚ Your little boy is already wise beyond his years!

      December 9th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    65. Laurie says:

      Yay! So glad you are back!!

      December 9th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    66. angie says:

      You know you are doing something right when your child gets what you are trying to teach them.

      December 10th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    67. Jenny says:

      Yay! I missed your insightful, wonderful wisdom! It was like I lost a friend. Glad to see you back.

      December 10th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    68. HarryJacksMom says:

      Welcome back! You’ve been missed, especially since friends are second after food πŸ˜‰ He’s such a smartie!

      December 10th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    69. Melissa says:

      woo-hoo, you’re back!

      This is something we’re working on with our son, too. More from an angle of watching our own usage (since ours is only 2)–“I would like (or really like)” as opposed to “I need” for example–but I’m glad to hear that your sweet boy is right on track! Am I surprised? Not at all….

      December 10th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    70. Andrea Reynolds says:

      Thank goodness you’re back! (Insert cowbells, horns and fireworks here) The days have not been the same at all without your pearls of wisdom, your gift of humor and your very real take on almost everything!! Thank you again for returning to us!!!!!

      And “way to think, Sean!” (But would we really expect anything less from a child raised by someone like you ;)What a lucky young man!

      December 10th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    71. Faerylandmom says:

      I missed you!!!

      And I agree with Sean.

      December 10th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    72. Melissa @ Anxious for Nothing says:

      I missed you! So glad you’re back!

      December 10th, 2008 at 3:12 am

    73. Lucy says:

      I missed you. Pleased to see that Sean understands the real meaning of need. Have often smiled to myself as small child begging parent for something in shop, crys but I need it.

      December 10th, 2008 at 4:38 am

    74. Sharon says:

      Whew… I was worried that you were gone for good! So glad you’re back. : )

      December 10th, 2008 at 6:18 am

    75. Lysa TerKeurst says:

      Hi Sweet Friend…

      As you can see, you have been missed.

      I’m so thankful you are back. And yes, I think that Sean is one wise little man!


      December 10th, 2008 at 7:15 am

    76. Beverlydru says:

      Since we’re on the subject of friends and love and what’s important… I’m glad it is clearly and overwhelmingly expressed that we all consider you an amazing friend.

      December 10th, 2008 at 7:30 am

    77. WeaselMomma says:

      Glad to see you back!

      December 10th, 2008 at 7:41 am

    78. Brigitte says:

      Another one who missed you (and Sean’s special wisdom). And it looks like everything wasn’t lost, what a relief. Yay!

      December 10th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    79. Lori says:

      I am so glad to see you back! I really missed you as I am hopelessly addicted to your blog. I was afraid I would need an intervention. Whew… =-)

      December 10th, 2008 at 8:38 am

    80. Margie says:

      That little boy is just awesome. And again, I’m glad you are back on line.

      December 10th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    81. Sally says:

      Yes, friends are definitely something we all NEED. Welcome back, Friend, you have been missed!!!

      December 10th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    82. Ann G says:

      So glad to see you are back! you were truly missed….and I gotta agree with Sean. Friends are a definite NEED around here, too!

      December 10th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    83. Carrie says:

      Aaaa! I’m so glad you’re back!!! πŸ™‚

      December 10th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    84. Kathryn in NZ says:

      Ditto all the above!
      So glad to see your site back up and running. Hoping it was “only” hackers and not something serious to do with family

      December 10th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    85. PastormacsAnn says:

      Wise boy you have there.

      December 11th, 2008 at 1:39 am

    86. bee says:

      Smart kiddo!

      December 12th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    87. Juanita says:

      Isn’t it great that kids have such insight whereas we adults sometimes need a jolt to make us wake up and say “Yeah, that is the way it is.”

      He is really wise which probably reflects much of his upbringing.

      December 12th, 2008 at 8:27 am

    88. Megan(FriedOkra) says:

      Aw. I’d be inclined to agree with him, too! I love your new pretty picture up there. Goes beautifully with this background I’ve always admired. Glad you’re back.

      December 12th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    89. Ortizzle says:

      Food and friends. Yup, those are the biggies. Sean’s got it right. What gems will he produce when he starts writing? We can only wait with impatience. πŸ™‚

      December 13th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    90. TheChickadeefeeder says:

      I am SO glad you are back, Friend!

      December 17th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

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