Everyone else had plans.
Malachi got to go to a birthday party. Asa and Justus got to go to yet a different birthday party. Matt was working.
That left just Elias and Mama. When does that ever happen? Mama with just one boy for an entire evening?
And so, I told Elias that he should use this opportunity to take me on a date. You should have seen his cute little eight year old eyes! And eye brows. And grin. You would have thought I had offered to buy him a toy store.
He didn’t say a word. He just wore that cute little joyful face and he just nodded. I could see the wheels turning inside his head, “Where should I take Mama? What should we do?” (And yes, he really does call me Mama. The older boys, and even Malachi have started calling me just “Mom” now…but Elias still says Mama. Yum, I love it.)
He decided to take me out to the China Buffet. We ate. We went back for seconds. We picked out desserts. We talked about silly stuff and serious stuff. We talked about what he might like to be when he grows up. We got tickled because we had the EXACT same fortune inside our fortune cookies.
Daddy had slipped him a little cash to pay for our date, so Elias covered the bill. It was SO precious!!
I am going to work hard to make this happen with each boy as often as I can. Alone time with the kids is hard to come by. We’ll have to be intentional. But now that Elias has had his turn, the other boys are asking constantly about when it will be their turn to take me out. Since they’re so motivated, I think it will be easier to make it happen.
And hopefully, Matt will occasionally still be able to wrestle down the competition and take a turn himself. :)
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