Nathan Thomas Beene|
Nathan is my first grandson. At eight years old, he is my
"favorite oldest" grandson, as we say in our family.
Daniel Parker is my second grandson, or my "favorite youngest"
grandson. I don't know what we'll call the third one!
But back to Nathan - he's cute, intelligent, and partial to his PaPa Beene
(that would be me!).
His mother (Holly) gets big kudos for the excellent job
she has done raising and disciplining Nathan. The
pictures at this site trace Nathan from his birth (24 Aug '99)
If you've heard something Nathan has said, you can send it to me
using the form below. Comments you send will be added to this page regularly.
Here are the Nathanisms we've collected so far.
Eddit Haskel, Re-born!
Our hearts melted with what we heard, but we had to grin at the same time. Nathan
recently told us that "I'm such a lucky boy to have grandparents like you!". On the
same day, he told his Aunt Amy "Daniel is lucky to have a mom as good as you!".
Happy to Be Alive
Nathan and I were talking about how happy his cousin Daniel always seems. Nathan asked
if he was happy when he was born. I told him not in the first few minutes, but after his
mother held him he was smiling. He said "Well Papa, I was just happy to be borned!"
Nathan was explaining that at the end of school (2nd grade) a female friend of his told
him that she liked him. He wanted to reciprocate and told her that "I like you too. You're
third on my list of girl friends!". I'm afraid the boy has a lot to learn about tact.
In a discussion of parthenogenesis in the animal kingdom, I explained to Nathan
that it meant females having children without men. He understood immediately, and
said "That's just like my mom did!". It took supreme effort for us not to roll in the
While visiting a grandparent at a nursing home, Nathan saw many residents who
were experiencing difficulty walking - stiff legs, slow pace, and little
mobility. When we left he said to me "Papa Beene, Senior Citizens remind me of zombies!
Sad, but true.
Remembering that Nathan is still young (almost 8 now), we were talking
about dressing nicely. He informed me that he wanted to look nice for
the girls. He's about 8 years ahead of where I was at that age!
Calling All Teachers
So we were talking about where people were from and the subject of
people from another country came up. "I'm from another country - Oklahoma."
Nathan says (he was born there). I told him that Oklahoma is a state, not a country.
Nancy chimed in with "Yes Nathan, a state is like London, or Europe!". It
sounds like I'll be enrolling 2 students in geography class!
A Toe by Any Other Name
Nathan was telling us about having cut his foot, so we asked
to see it. We wree holding his foot but couldn't see where the
cut was, so we asked him which toe it was. "The thumb!", he
answered! Sad thing is, we knew exactly what he meant.
Fisherman - NOT!
I took Nathan on his first fishing trip last weekend and
he really enjoyed himself. Between us we caught about 20 fish,
including 8 perch big enough to take home. He was a bit squeemish
about gutting/cleaning the fish and when I asked him to help wash the
fish after I scaled them, he put on a big pair of yellow rubber gloves,
the kind Nancy uses for cleaning the house. He is such a city boy!
Last Name Logic
Nathan and I were talking about California and he told me
that was where his father lived. Nathan has never seen his
father, but talks about him often. I asked Nathan what was
his father's name? He told me "Greg". When I asked what his
father's last name was, Nathan thought about it, and very
seriously told me "Well, Papa Beene, I guess his last name
is Beene, 'cause that's my last name!". It made perfect sense to me!
New Starbuck Offering
Nathan had gone to Starbucks and we asked him what
he had bought. "Strawberry crappuccino", he says. We wondered what
he would get if he actually ordered that from
Nathan was at the table, showing Nancy how to spin a
coin. He and I had been working on flipping a coin so
I told him to show Nancy. He turns to her and says
"Nancy, head or toes!" - close, but not quite right.
It Sounds Like Hell
Nathan was in the back seat of the car, listening to
music on a CD player. Nancy and I heard him repeating
the phrase "I said Hell!", over and over. I had Nancy
listen to the music player, which was saying "Hail!",
as in "Hail Caesar!". We clarified for Nathan which
of the two was okay to say!
We were passing the Dallas Cowboy stadium and my wife
was explaining to Nathan that the roof has a big hole
built into it. I told him that it was so that God
could watch the Cowboys play. "Doesn't God have a TV?",
Worst Case Guess
We were calling my sister tonight, just to say hello.
Nathan had the phone and after it rang several times
with no answer, he said "Well, I guess they're dead,
or something!". We certainly hope it's the something!
Is he a Texan or what? Nathan and I were over
at Arlene's and he wanted to ask her a question.
She and I were talking so Nathan says "Excuse me,
m'am" - totally Texan thing to say!
God's Will Be Done
So I was complaining to Nathan about why Nancy
gets to keep her car in the garage and I have
to keep my car out on the street. So Nathan
tells me "Because God made it that way". What
could I say?
Who's Patronizing Whom
So Nathan and I are in the car and he's asking
me about every sign there is - he spells it and
asks me what it means. B..A..N..K , B..O..O..T..S.
Then we see a sign "BROOKS", which is a local
music company. I try to find a way to describe
it so he knows what I mean, so I say "A company
that sells music stuff, like pianos and guitars!".
Nathan surprises me and says, "Oh Papa, you mean
instruments?". I laughed out loud - he knew words
I didn't expect him to know!
By Any Other Name
Nancy was telling Nathan that he needed to eat
some vegatables for dinner. He told her "I don't
like vegatables, but I will eat some corn!".
I was teaching Nathan how the left hand thumb and forefinder make the letter
L - signifying the left hand. So, he said "L is for left and not-L is for
right!" It made a electronics engineer proud that my grandson was learning
Boolean logic at such an early age!
In the Spotlight
Nathan and PaPa Beene went to the baseball park so he could run the bases.
When we got there the bases were removed but it looked like someone had paint
the dirt orange to show where the bases should be. Turns out that the setting
sun just happened to relfect, from the overhead lights, a dull orange reflection
exactly where the bases should have been! Spooky!
Were We Like That
Holly was slow getting out of bed on a school day and Nathan had already
bathed and dressed. The ran to her bed and yelled "Mommy GET UP! I
want to go to school!" - you have to love the attitude (not quite the
one I had when I was that age).
The Thought Was There
Nathan and I, his mother, were out shopping when he saw a bag of pork
skins chips. He looked at me and said "Mama, are those pig chips"!!!!
The girl in front of us just turned around and luaghed :)
Using the Words He Knows
Nathan was with me in the closet, where Nancy keeps several bottles
of perfume. He pointed to them and said, "Who do all these smell-goods
belong to?". When he doesn't know the word for something he does the best he can!
How Many Chances Has He Had
Nathan and I, his mother, were talking and I was questioning him about
something he said. He then looks at me with this little grin and
squinted eyes and says "Mom, have I ever steered you wrong?"
Call It Just Like It Sounds
I asked Nathan if he had a bicycle. He said yes, and that it had
a "honker" on it (meaning a horn!).
Alaska Comes To Texas
When asked a questions, Nathan has begun to say "Yepper", instead
of yes. He got that from him Mom or Aunt (I don't know which),
when he was in Alaska.
Stomp Your Feet Now and Then
Nathan got in trouble and had to sit quietly in a spot on the floor
until I let him play again. Unfortunately, he started pouting and
lay down in a pity-pile in the floor on the other side of a
chair - out of sight. He was so quiet that I forgot he was there.
I had to be reminded by family to tell him he could go play! Poor Nathan!
Nathan in Charge
When Nancy and I were at breakfast Nathan invented a game for us to
play. When we asked how to win the game, he said "I will be the
winner-sayer!". Guess he didn't know the word referee or judge.
It's All in How You Ask
Nathan spent the night at my place. I was awakened at 6am and
Nathan whispered - "Papa Beene, would you do me a favor?". I
asked what it was and he said "Can I play crayola games?" -
meaning the www.crayolo.com online games. At 6am in the morning!
I guess there's no time like the present to play.
Watch Me, Please
Nathan was at the Howard's lakehouse, playing with Colton,
7 years old. Colton was running on the cement outside and fell,
resulting in a nasty, bloody scrape on his hip. He was crying
horribly, and was inside getting tended to by Brenda. Colton
was being coddled by everyone b/c the scrape was so bad. The
whole time, Nathan was watching all of this attention. I
guess he decided he needed some too. So he came up to Brenda
and showed her his pinky and said it REALLY hurt, and he
needed a band-aid. In truth, nothing was wrong...he just
didn't want the attention off of him. So to humor him,
Brenda gave him a band-aid for that 'hurt' finger and
told him he probably needed a band-aid more for his feelings
rather than his finger. Nathan told her he agreed with her.
Not 2 minutes later, the band-aid was ripped off and thrown away.
Come On, Give Grandpa Some Attention
I called Nathan to tell him that I called to say I loved him
and to wish him a happy birthday. When I said those two things
he said "Is that all you wanted to tell me?". I said yes and
he said "Ok, goodbye" and hung up on me! I guess he didn't
have time to chat, or anything to say himself. He was about
to have his birthday party at his Nana's and was a bit pre-occupied!
4 Year Old Boy Patronizes a 30 Year Old Woman
Carmon had asked Nathan what his teacher's name was and she
needed him to repeat it because the phone connection was poor.
On the third repeat, an exasperated Nathan said to Carmon -
"Aunt Carmon, now say it with me ... Miss Gilbert!". There's
no slight like being patronized by a 4 year old!
My Dear Holmes
After coming downstairs Nathan and I couldn't find Nancy.
He spotted a Gummy Bear candy on the floor. It was in direct
line between the candy jar and the front door. He explained
to me that Nancy had gone for a walk and had dropped the candy
on the way out. Turns out he was exactly correct! What a
detective he will make!
We Know Where He Heard This
Nathan says " Mom, i'm not going to argue about this anymore"
after many uh-huhs and uh-uhs about something Mom can't even remember.
Calls It Like He Sees It
While in the traffic of a Rangers baseball game just letting
out Nathan yells, "Why is everyone Bustin' out of here??"
Big Shoulders for a Little Man
Nathan, Carvey and Amy went to the Rangers game. When we got
there, we realized the game time had been changed and it was
at 3pm instead of 7pm. Amy and Carvey told Nathan they were
so sorry, but we were not going to the game. Nathan said, "It's
okay, guys....we can go to another one" while rubbing Amy's shoulder (consoling her).
Well, It's In the Same Place as a Bone
Nathan didn't know the word for the center part of corn on the cob,
so he told Nancy "Don't eat the bone of the corn!".
The Big Question About Women
Nathan's bathing and I'm taking a shower, at which point he says
"I can see your teetee". I told him "Yep, all boys have one". A
nd he says "Girls too?". "Nope, I say". Then right to the big
question he says "But how can they go pee?"
Yes, He Is An Engineer's Grandson
So Nancy is explaining to Nathan about children losing teeth
and growing their permanent ones. She tells him that the tooth
fairy will take the tooth if it's left under the pillow, and
leave money. Rather than ask how much, or say 'gross', Nathan asks
"What does she do with them?".
Feeling His Oats
Today, at Tom Thumb, Nathan had a piece of trash and
reached down to the floor slowly to throw it down -
the whole while, looking me right in the eye. If I
hadn't told him to put the trash in the trashcan, he
would have left it right there on the floor!
He Has a Plan
Papa Beene, can I have 4 pieces of candy - 'cause
I'm four years old. (We've heard this one a lot!)
It's Always Someone Else's Fault
Nancy, it's your fault. You made me eat too much
licorice and my tummy hurts! (This was days after
the event but he remembered to blame someone)
When renting movies with Papa Beene, Nathan wanted
Power Rangers. We find just a couple, but then chanced
onto over a dozen. He was amazed and yelled out
"Oh my God!". Wonder where he picked that up?
Well, Excuse Us
Nancy and Gary, I want you to be quiet so I can relax
myself ... (when Nancy and I were talking too loud?)
We Use the Same Tactic When We Were Kids
PaPa Beene, I was talking to Nancy ... (when Papa Beene
wasn't going to let him have some candy Nathan was
asking for, and Nancy was close by)
Who Made You King
I'll call the construction company and tell them I'm
very angry ... (for not having the train track run
parallel to the road so he could watch a train go by).
Dream On Little Man
While Amy was bringing Nathan to PaPa Beene's house she
stopped at a 7-11. When they went inside, Nathan said
"Amy, anything I point at you're supposed to buy me."
Think It, But Don't Say It
While watching a cartoon super-hero show, Nathan yelled
out: "What the hell are they doing?" - several times in
fact. That got him 5 minutes in the middle of the floor
- a time out. TV off, toy gun down, and crying on Nathan's
part. He begged me not to tell Nancy, Nana, or his Mommy.
Word Games at Age 5
Nathan and his Nana were talking about roadside reflector
signs and when Nathan seemed to understand the concept,
his Nana said "We're quite the pair!", to which Nathan
replied No Nana, we're apples!"