“Come on kids! Shoes on, find your hats, we’re going to the zoo with your uncle & aunt & cousin!”
Fainjin looked vaguely surprised. “Are you coming too, Mum?”
“Yes!” I said, “Did you think I wouldn’t?”
He came & wrapped his arms around me. “Well… I thought you might stay home and have a rest, or do some sewing… maybe work on your memory quilt from our trip…”
My heart melted. “Do you think I need a rest, then?”
He snuggled closer. “Yes, probably, ‘cos you do a lot.”
This was after he had got up rather early but made a conscious choice to play with a quiet jigsaw rather than rattle through the Lego. He had also dried the dishes with no protest at all, had a great ukulele lesson, and had worked hard at school all week – this last backed up by his very reliable best friend, who keeps an eye out for him.
I’m making a deliberate effort to emphasise consideration for others with the kids this year. I hadn’t meant me, just people in general – but it’s nice to have some of it rub off!
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