Friday, April 20, 2012

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One On One

Every so often, life presents me with an impromptu opportunity to spend one on one time with the monsters. Today, it's with #6. Logan had a very rough night last night, and is sleeping in. All the older monsters are in school, the Daddy is at work, and the house is quiet. It's a precious gift to me, to spend time with each of the monsters individually, without outside interruptions, not needing to cut our time short to break up a fight, make dinner, clean up a mess, or answer the door or phone.

I love being able to snuggle, have silly little whispered conversations that are just for us, eat breakfast, read stories, maybe watch an episode of Team Umizoomi, and generally just re-acquaint ourselves with each other. We play, we talk, we act nine kinds of silly because we can. This is one of the jewels of life.

We have a large family, as you know, and it's vital to me to be able to spend this kind of time with each of my children. They each need to know that they have a special place in our family, not just as a number, but as themselves.

There are times when things are just crazy, and when I gather up the monsters I feel like I'm running a clown show for a three ring circus. Hey.. there's a thought.... just kidding, just kidding. But at the end of the day, when it's all said and done, these are my monsters, each with their own personality, their own opinions, needs, and wants. Their own little set of ideas. I have the greatest experiences during these one on one times. Invariably, I will learn something new about the child I'm with that I had never realized before. And though that closeness appears diminished when we're all back together again with the hustle and bustle and general chaos, there's little smiles or a quick wink. There's that extra tight hug or that extra effort made during chores. Money can't buy this kind of awesome.

Happy Friday, y'all! Have a FABULOUS weekend. Make a lemonade stand with the monsters or something. What? It worked in the '40s...
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