A Bushel of Brooks

A Bushel of Brooks
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

What's your favorite?

Several weeks ago, we started asking the boys during evening reading time, or once they were tucked in: "what was your favorite part of the day?" Hoping to get their thoughts together, or if they were cranky about going to bed - make them think of something that made them smile. Just to connect with them!

Not that each night we remembered: and with the crazy schedule, there are some nights we fly into the house at 8:30 and it is a geteveryoneintobedasfastasyoucan moment.

But Reuben has now adopted it: Sometimes my brain wanders as I lay down beside him for a moment after covering him up, or I'm thinking "wow, I could practically doze off right now ..." and then this round, grinning little face turns towards mine and I hear: "Momma, what was your fav-ite part a the day?"

So, I recount a memory for him. He sighes and smiles. And then looks upwards at the wood slabs above him: "Jonah, what was your fav-ite part a the day?" Of course, Jonah recounts nearly every details of his day that was fun - how CAN you pick just one thing??? And then we ask Reuben. Who often lays with his hands behind his head, looking deeply satisfied with his little life as he picks something about his day.

Perhaps .... just perhaps this is sometimes a scheme to put off the inevitable moment of Mommy leaving the room and it truly is time to sleep .... but it's a moment to hear their little thoughts. Not clamorings for a treat, or pleading to be let out of a chore, but a sweet time to recall a gift from the day.

And I love it, each and every night.

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