My son John,
Went to bed with his trousers on;
One shoe off and the other shoe on,
Diddle Diddle Dumpling,
My son John.
As a parent, you see all of these "cute" and "funny" things your kid does ... all of those truly special times, too. And you think you will not have any problem remembering them. But, fact is, you do. Those stories quickly get covered up by other life stuff and suddenly you realize you can't at all remember those things.
I was reminded last night, though, of how Evan used to walk around the house with just one shoe on when he was maybe 3 or 4 years old. I never understood that because he is a kid who generally likes order in his life. I wondered at the time if he would grow up to be the absent-minded professor.
I think I am pleased to say that, today, he is always either fully shoeless or fully shoed. I say "I think" because in many ways it is hard to see those silly things of your child's personality disappear as they become more transformed by the world and less the "original" perhaps that God designed them to be.
The above little nursery rhyme was often repeated around our house during Evan's "one shoe period." It was especially appropriate because somehow the names "Evan" and "John" are related, both meaning "blessing from God".
And that he is.