I am all smiles as I think back to a few conversations I had with some of my kids yesterday. Things are never dull around here that's for sure!
Last night, as I turned the corner at the top of the stairs, Caleb caught my eye. He was in his bedroom leaning back in a tall chair, comfortably, with his legs outstretched on the dresser and binder in his lap. He was busy writing something. "Hey Caleb, what are you writing?" Immediately he looked caught and pressed the paper to his chest. "Nothing Mom." Naturally, I thought that he was writing a love note of some kind and my curiosity was killing me. "Come on Caleb, can I see what you are writing." "No, it is dumb Mom." I coaxed him a little more, and he finally laid down his notebook. "Mom, we had this assignment to draw a big snake eating an elephant and instead I am drawing a huge python with a fat middle that already ate the elephant. It is pretty silly. Just look." I chuckled, breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn't girl related, and told him good job. And I meant it. How clever actually.
And this morning, Miss Anna made me chuckle too. She was lollygagging in the kitchen and I reminded her that we both got up at the same time, yet I had already showered, dressed, eaten-- the whole ball of wax while she was barely pouring herself a bowl of cereal with her bed not made. Of all things, she blurted out how she didn't even sleep in that particular bed so how could it be unmade. I reminded her that responsible, mature girls had more organization than she was displaying and pretty much left it at that. She stormed off as I drank my morning coffee. Right before everyone left for school she came up to me and gave me a big hug and a kiss. She whispered-- "Sorry for talking smack about my bed." I looked at her quizzically and corrected her--"You mean sorry for talking back." "No, I mean smack." She had apparently slept in another bed but pulled the covers back on her bed to get a pillow. Obviously, someone is teaching her words that I am not hip too. Oh, the joys of raising kids in this day and age!