Rambling Ever On Turns Four Years Old!

Turning four years old is a pretty big deal, obviously. From the beginning, Rambling Ever On has been a labor of love. And a labor of unbridled stubbornness – we aren’t going away no matter how much some of you want us to. Thankfully, the haters (you know who you are) are in the small minority. We have been blessed to interact with so many supportive and encouraging readers since our launch on December 16th, 2015. (Thanks, family!)

This milestone should be celebrated, but we couldn’t think of how to do it properly. We thought about re-sharing some of our favorite articles, and we still might do that, but most of our readers have probably already read those articles and they would get lost in the endless flow of information on social media. We thought about throwing a huge party and inviting all of our “friends”, family, and readers but we quickly realized we are poor, have no money, and most of us are incredibly awkward at large social events.

Instead of doing anything crazy like that, we decided to do some research on the most common traits of 4-year-old websites. Sadly, there is an unforgivable lack of information on that specific topic. Disappointing! We decided then to go with the next best thing: find the most common traits of children turning four years old and seeing how those connect to REO. The comparisons are uncanny.

From Parents.com, one of the most common traits in 4-year-olds is the desire to test boundaries.

Following direction can be a challenge because the child is exerting his independence.


We don’t follow directions well. People keep telling us to write about hot-button topics like politics or popular culture trends, but we would rather write about long-dead heroes of the faith, epic, five-part poems about Noah and the flood, and sweatpants.

Continued from Parents.com, children at four years old should be developing strong language skills.

Your child should be speaking clearly, with everyone able to understand the majority of what he’s saying.


We believe most of our content is understandable to the majority of our readers. Full transparency, we have had the occasional clunker that either was completely misinterpreted or the humor fell flat. (Note to self: don’t make jokes about topless women…even in a satirical article. You know, in hindsight, making a joke in this article about that article might not go over that well either. Maybe our language skills are not as developed as they should be…or perhaps this is more about a lack of judgment. Something to ponder, that’s for sure!)

Social development is also a big deal.

Preschool is, of course, about learning how to get along well with others, to make friends, and to play.


We aren’t in preschool, but we feel like we get along well with others, though our ongoing feud with Jon Forrest is an unfortunate blemish on our record. To be fair, he started it but we have every intention of ending it. We also like to play. For evidence, see: (Here, here, here, and here.)

Four-year-olds love counting!

Most four-year-olds are still using the tried and true method of counting by using their fingers. Since they only have 10 fingers, they usually don’t go too far beyond that number. (We doubt any of this is scientifically accurate but we needed another point so we are going to force this one a bit.) We also like to count to ten – by ranking some of our favorite things in easy to read and follow Top Ten Lists! You can read a few of them here, here, and here.

Four-year-olds can grow glorious beards!

…checks notes…

I’m being told that four-year-olds can’t grow beards and if they could something would be wrong with their genetic makeup. Interesting. Well, that’s too bad for them because beards are awesome and we (most of us) have glorious, luxurious, and manly beards.

Nathan Patton (self portrait)

Not a perfect fit, but Rambling Ever On is exhibiting many of the most common traits found in 4-year-olds. Perhaps that is less than flattering or perhaps it’s the best thing anyone could possibly say about us. We’ll leave it for you, our dear readers, to decide.

From all of us at Rambling Ever On, thank you for your support, encouragement, and for going on this journey with us.

Phill Lytle
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Phill Lytle loves Jesus, his wife, his kids, his family, his friends, his church, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, 80s rock, the Tennessee Titans, Brandon Sanderson books, Whiteheart, Band of Brothers, Thai food, the Nashville Predators, music, books, movies, TV, writing, pizza, vacation...

3 thoughts on “Rambling Ever On Turns Four Years Old!

  • December 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Happy fourth birthday, and keep up the excellent work!

  • December 20, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Congratulations, gentlemen.

    • December 29, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      Happy Birthday!!!


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