*Aiden: Mom, I'm really sorry about something that I need your help with.
*I was outside shooting hoops with Avery when Amanda poked her head outside. Mom, I gave Aiden the test and he passed. I said, 'Aiden, do you want a cigarette?' and he said "no thank you".
(It might be helpful to know that I do role-playing with my kids and this cigarette one is from when we had a 10 year-old living in our house. I think role playing is important for several reasons. First, I want them to know that I know they'll be faced with temptation to lie, smoke, take candy from a stranger, keep an inappropriate secret, etc. I want our dialogue to already have been opened about it when those things present themselves. And, I want them to be prepared. I want them to know, from practice here at home what their response should be when an adult tells them "its our secret, don't tell your parents". And see? Four year-old Aiden has already said "no" to cigarettes....by the time he's asked in high school, his sister will have already asked him 347 times.) Now there's a parenthesis sidebar for you! :)
* For those wondering, this was the cape of the day. It is a piece of flooring pad, taped on with painters tape. Both plentiful items around here. :)
*The kids had worked really hard on their homework and chores in preparation for us sitting down to watch an American Girl movie. I was downstairs doing laundry and Avery said, Mom, we're all ready to watch the movie!
Me: Ok...I wish it was a Christmas movie. We have Miracle on 34th Street...what about that one?
Avery: No, I don't like that one. Its too...."back then".
Then she called her brother and sister down...
Avery: Amanda! Aiden! Do you want me to show you something?? Its over here. I'll give you a hint....it was Mommy's from "back then". Its called a clarinet...and it still works!
So wait. Miracle on 34th Street (release date 1947!) and the clarinet that my parents bought for me in high school are BOTH from "back then"???