This afternoon, I did something I think few moms ever get a chance to do. It was one of those moments that causes my heart to simply swell with love for and pride in the wee ones – again.
As I sat on the couch, the wee ones unloaded the dishwasher. By themselves. And then put away all the dishes where they go before loading it with the dishes that had gotten dirty while the dishwasher was running.
And they were happy to be doing it. They were so proud of themselves that they knew what to do and how to do it and that I trusted them enough to do a grown up job. They know that everyone in the house has jobs and that we need to get them done in order for our house to work, and they are generally happy to contribute – not for money, but because they know it’s valued and that they are doing a good job.
Sitting on the couch and reading my book, I listened to them with half an ear. What I heard only made me smile more.
Mister Man: Ok, I’m ready for cups now. Can you look for some more blue cups please?
Little Miss: Hmm, I don’t see any more blue cups. How about the green ones?
Mister Man: Look right over there behind that bowl. I think I see one more blue cup. Yep, that’s it. Thank you!
Little Miss: Here’s a glass one for you!
Mister Man: Perfect! How did you know I was going to ask for the glass ones next? I think you can read my mind.
Little Miss: I don’t think I know where these go….
Mister Man: That’s ok. I’ll do them for you. You have to sort out the silverware so that the big forks and the little forks don’t go together. Here, just watch me!
Those were only a few of the snippets, and I have to admit that I was shocked to hear them. While the wee ones generally get along better than more siblings I see, they aren’t exactly perfect. In fact, earlier in the day I had lost patience with their misbehaving and goofing off while we were at the grocery store.
This afternoon emptying the dishwasher though? I don’t know what I did to deserve to such wonderful children, but I’m at the very least going ot make sure they know how much I appreciate it when they are so sweet and responsible and work so well together.
So did I just jinx myself for tomorrow?