God has granted this only child such amazing nieces and nephew.
He has provided me with such love through them.
So here's the latest... (for you, Melissa Helme, so your heart can smile...)
Tonight outside after supper, enjoying the remaining sunshine for the day, Jane (almost 4) and I play together...
Jane: Kaleen, I'm pretending I'm asking you what you want to eat, okay?
Me: Ok, go ahead Jane.
Jane: So, what would you like to eat?
Me: Um, can I please have a grilled cheese sandwich?
Jane: Yes you can.
(She scurries away and returns soon after)...
Jane: Um, so you can have peanut butter. And...a scratchy bun. It's all we have. We don't even have chicken and fries.
Me: You don't? You only have peanut butter and a scratchy bun?
Jane: Yup. There were all these kids and they ate all the chicken and fries. So you can have peanut butter. And a scratchy bun. It's all we have.
Me: Wow. This is quite the restaurant.
Last night at dinner, Bodhi (5 1/2) started the conversation with this one...
Bodhi: If you do not have a brain, please raise your hand!
Carleigh: Are you thinking someone here might not have a brain?
Bodhi: (with tears in his eyes)... Well, I'm just kinda worried one of us might be a robot....
And Charlee (almost 7) and I had this conversation a little while ago...
Charlee: Kathleen. When are you not going to have to go to work? Like, when can you just stay home and never go to work?
Me: Oh, well, Char, I go to work to make money so that I can afford to live with you and to eat food and to drive my car. If I didn't go to work, I wouldn't have money, and I wouldn't have a place to live, or food to eat.
Charlee: Oh Kathleen. We would always take care of you.