Sunday, October 17, 2010

Now This Is The Life...

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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?


Melisa with one S October 17, 2010 at 8:37 PM  


Great things are ahead! I see plenty more books being read (before you head to bed!) in your future...

Pat October 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

I think they will be lifelong friends, and each will be a wonderful parent some day, too.

It's great to read about siblings who get along well and really do like each other, because often I see the opposite.

And doing chores happily, without expecting to be paid? What more could a parent ask for?!

Though my #1 son and #3 son squabbled a lot in their early and middle years, they eventually became best friends. Each one had the other one as best man in his wedding.

Even though my 3 sons live 500 miles away from us, it makes me happy to know that they all like one another, live within 30 minutes of each other and like to hang out together.

I think your children, too, will always enjoy being together.

Unknown Mami October 18, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

That's wonderful. So proud of them and you.

Karen October 19, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

You're doing something wonderful with those kids because that's not normal sibling behavior. It makes my hears smile.

Kim @ Not Your Typical Southern Belle October 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Awww, that's so aweseome!

(Can you imagine the pride with which my heart would swell if my *teenagers* did this?

NYCPatty October 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM  

Congratulations! They are an excellent compliment on the great job you & your hubby are doing as parents! :)

septembermom October 20, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

Can they come over and teach my kids how to get along? You're doing a wonderful job with them Michelle.

Michelle October 20, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

Melisa - I can only hope so. And jinx myself in the process.

Pat - Wouldn't that be great? Yeah, our carpool buddy siblings ummmm don't exactly get along so well all the time. It's sorta sad.

Unknown Mami - I don't know that I did anything here. This was all them! They get the credit.

Karen - I think it has a lot to do with his Asperger's and both of them making accomodations because of it. Fortunately, they've both got huge hearts.

Kim - Yeah... I somehow don't see this happening as teenagers. One can dream, however.

Patty - Nahhh, this is a huge testament to what cool kids they are!

Kelly - I don't know that it can be taught. My mom did her best with my sister and I, and let's just say it didn't work so well.

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