Not sure why - but this post reminded me of a discussion I had with Eli (almost 4 years old for those who don't know him) a few days ago. He wanted to know if it was a "Shabbat Day". I said no... and he got quite upset. He explained that he loved Shabbat and wanted it to be that day. I asked what he wanted to do (suspecting that it was all about having fresh Challah) - and he surprised me slightly with looking at me like I was crazy and saying that he wanted everything. I explained carefully that part of what made Shabbat special is that it only happens one day a week - but he didn't seem particularly satisfied. Just kept telling me "but mommy, I love Shabbat days".
He has also started composing his own prayers on friday nights. The first time he made me not listen ("it's private mommy") - but later that night he asked me if I wanted to learn his prayer. This was a prayer over his lemonade:
"The sun loves the candle
The candle loves the sun
The sun lights the flags"
(the flags = tibetan prayer flags that hang on our sliding glass door and through which the morning sun shines most days)