So… You really want children, eh? I certainly did. Now that I’m exhausted and running around every weekend taking the three of them to birthday parties, I have a different perspective on how to keep these kids from beating each other up on a daily basis.
Here are some things the kids have done in the past few days which I had to share.
The other night after Stewie went to bed, I heard music coming from Linus’ room. I walked inside and there he was sitting on rug in the middle of his room, clock radio playing some am radio station, and his little sister Berry dancing in front of him.
“Change the station, Daddy”, he said. “Put on something with a Rockstar” he said as he strummed his imaginary guitar.
I put Q107 and Enter Sandman was playing . He stood up and started dancing with his sister. Then he got down on the floor and started break-dancing. I was laughing but I sat down on the edge of the bed to watch. The highlight was when he got off the floor and said to Berry, “your turn” at which point she lay down on the carpet and began breakdancing too.
The kids and I danced for a couple more songs, then we all went off to bed.
Tonight after having a going-to-bed snack Berry was laying on our bed with my wife. We have developed a routine to get Berry into her crib without freaking out. I ask her who is in her bed, and her and I name off the stuffed animals sleeping in her crib.
Tonight as I picked her up off the bed she reached out to her arms, looked me straight in the eyes, and said to me “dumb ass”.
Still resenting that brilliant idea of mine to teach her those words.
This morning Linus was annoying me, our nanny and his brother – par for the course. He had a piece of “mail” in his hand – something written on lined paper folded in four and with a sticker of the Thing on it. I was running around trying to get him ready for school – Stewie was too sick to go but then decided he was going and I had a lot on my mind so when he tried to give me the mail, I waved him off. I’m pretty sure he tried again but I ignored him on that too.
Fast forward to this afternoon, I found that piece of mail in my laptop bag. It was the letter. I opened it up and it read;
“I love you”.
I looked at it. I choked up.
I thought about him the whole way home and when he greated me at the door I gave him a huge hug and a kiss and told him I loved him too.