Modern Handmade Child

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


“Like Father, Like Son!”

                                                                                                       By Alan P. Scaglione
Ever know when you’ve been had?
You know what I’m talking about—when you know, no matter what you say, no matter what they’ve done, you’re gonna give in—they’re gonna get their way!
And yes, I meant to say “gonna” – it’s an endearing southern term.
We say it while we are tickling our kids!
“Gonna get you!” as the Jaws Hand comes down on their stomach and they yell and scream “No! No, Stop!”
All the while—laughing their heads off.
It’s all in that look—and they know—Tickle time is here!
Well, sometimes, it’s that “other” look that lets you AND everyone else watching know—you are about to be manipulated and charmed—
And you cannot do a thing to stop what’s about to happen-- you’ve been had!
POINTS2PONDER  Why do we let some people “get away with murder” knowing they have us wrapped around their finger—all with “that” look!
I have to reveal something about myself that, until now, only my immediate family knows about me.
I hope you are not disappointed in me once you hear it—but, I am an honest person at all times, so… here goes!
I love to play with remote control cars!
Not the expensive ones—some people spend $500 on a RC car—nah, my habit is a cheap one.
I won’t spend more than $15 on a RC car—but I just love to play with my RCs.
And so do my grandkids—all of them!
Even my granddaughter MacieGirl—she loves it too!
But no one likes it better than my youngest—Jett!
He loves making them go backward—and forward—and backward, again and again!
Not sure he has figured out that he can make them go long stretches, all in forward motion—without backing up!
Maybe that comes later!
As my wife would say… here comes another “Jett” story—but, hey? He gives me good material!
So, we are playing with the RCs, one is an orange vintage 1969 Dodge Charger—my favorite car of all time!
And the other is—a lime green 1972 Ford Cobra—my OTHER favorite car of all time!
I have it set up so they are on the same frequency so one controller can move both cars!
Jett doesn’t understand that yet—he is amazed that the cars move at the same time—he keeps looking at the “other” car every time he moves his car!
That look in his eyes- sheer wonder—he must be thinking “How’d that happen?” every time!
Just makes me crack up laughing.
So…it comes time for Jett to leave…
He knows the drill—Nano’s toys stay at Nano’s house so… we can play with them NEXT time we come to Nano’s!
He knows the drill—but this time, he’s not buying it!
“I’m gonna take Nano’s cars home—right Nano?”
I look at Jett, my son looks at Jett; we look at each other.
And then Jett does it—
That Look!! If you’re a grandparent, you know THAT look!
And my son says, “Oh NO Nano—he’s pulled out the puppy dog eyes! Run!”
And there he is, one car under each arm, head tilted slightly to the right, eyes could not look sadder if he found out Thomas The Train was derailed in an accident!
And he just looks at me… and says one word.
 Must have lasted 3 minutes as he said it.
And I look at him, and he’s looking at me…
And my son looks at his son, then looks at his father…and suddenly laughs out loud  and says, “Oh my gosh—it’s actually working—He’s got you—you’ve been had!”
And I look at him and say “just like you used to!”
Needless to say—I’m now shopping for 2 new RCs!
SELECT the link BELOW!   YOU can send me an email!   I CANT WAIT!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I'm Just Sayin

"Nano and his favorite Little Buddy JettJett!"
                                          I’m Just Sayin’”
                                                                 by Alan P. Scaglione
What’s in a name, anyway?
Apparently, a lot!
My grandson Jett has more grandparents than anyone I know.
I guess it’s the millennium way of life.
All the original parents did NOT stay together and went on to other relationships.
So…the original four somehow became the SuperEight!
And that doesn’t include his great grandparents either!
So, for a 3 year old, he has a lot of names to remember.
And, as is the case in his life, they all have different names.
There’s Papa and Nana(sounds like banana!)
There’s Grandpa and Granny
And Mimi and Jeff(not sure why?)
And Nano and Nana(sounds like NawNaw!)
And apparently, he has learned the names of all of this other grandparents, not the grandparent name, but the real name!
His mom was testing him and said “What’s Papa’s name?”
And he answered.
“What’s Nana(banana)’s name?”
He knew that one too.
She went through all of the others, and one by one, this 3 year old knew the real name of each of them.
I asked him “What’s my name?”
He responded “Nano!”
I said, “But, what’s my real name?”
He looked at his mom, and he looked at me, and he thought for a minute and then “I don’t know!”
He only knew me by Nano.
I told him “That’s okay—I’m always your Nano!”
And we left it at that.
But I wondered why didn’t he know my name?
The next time we got to be together was our Rainy Saturday Playdate.
While we were playing, I asked Jett “What’s my name?”
He said wholeheartedly “Nano!”
I smiled… then I said, “but what’s my real name?”
His mom wasn’t there to look for, and his Dad was in the other room.
He looked away and then shrugged his shoulders.
I told him “Jett, my real name is Alan! Can you say Alan?”
He looked at me for a moment, and you could tell he was processing what I had just said.
And then he said the most wonderful thing I have ever heard in my life.
Jett said, “Your name Alwin!”
And he smiled ear to ear!
And I just laughed and said, “Yes J, my name Alwin!”
And he retorted, “My name not J – my name Jett!”
Apparently, Jett does NOT want to be called “J” – his name is Jett!
The importance of a name and knowing who you are calling what—and how they will respond!
Just made me think about the name that is above all names!
And you know—when you are referring to JESUS the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Versus jesus Martinez, the guy you work with.
See…the two names are spelled the same…but you just pronounce them differently—one has the Power in the Name!
The Word says in Philipeans 2: 9-11

We know when a crisis hits, when sickness falls, when tragedy strikes, it’s NOT jesus Martinez we call on—NO, it’s JESUS, Lord and Savior!
That’s the name that is uniquely set aside for the one who can make all things better, the one who has the answer for our problems.
His name is JESUS!
So…when you hear HIS name, there is no disputing who you are referring to, who you are calling on, who you are asking for.
Some names—you just know exactly who they are talking about.
No confusion, no speculation, no misunderstanding.
Just like “Alwin!”
Until Next Time
I’m Just Sayin’…
Brother “A”
SELECT the link BELOW!   SEND me Email!   Share your thoughts!

Ask Alan the Author