Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bennett and one of his many lego creations.
Tonight I had the rare opportunity to spend over 3 hours with just our middle child. First of all I was thrilled that he chose to spend the evening with me rather than going into town with his dad and siblings. I get one on one time with our youngest every day. But the opportunities are few when I can give my full attention to our older kids. So, Bennett and I spent the evening just hanging out. I let him chose our activity (legos) and our supper (Breakfast supper). We built a house out of legos that at the end turned into a garden shed because we forgot to add windows. The best part of the lego building was the conversation that we had. Bennett shared with me stuff that happens at school, things he thinks about, questions he has had, things he likes and doesn't like, etc. We just had a wonderful time and I wish I could spend 3 hours like that everyday. During our conversation we talked about reading and so we took a break from building and ran to the library and picked out some books. After supper he asked if we could run to the Quick Stop and get his favorite treat...a zebra cake...so off we went. Then we played outside until the rest of the family came home. I am so grateful for the chance to have this night. I had no idea how much I was missing out on what goes on in his head each and every day. As a parent I need to make that effort to reach out and give him that full attention more often. While we were outside, Bennett asked if we could do it again and offered that next time, we should go into town and maybe just the 2 of us go to a restaurant. I think I will be having that date very soon.

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Wow! Sounds like an evening to cherish.

Heather J. said...

It sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous evening, one you'll want to repeat soon.

You hit on two of my favorite things to do with my kiddo - build Legos and read. :) We even have our own Mom & Son Book Club ... it's so much fun!

Julie said...

What great memories you and Bennett made that evening! He'll remember that time with you forever, Stacie! Great reminder for me to do that again with our children!

Love you!