Oldest Boy and Middle Boy are in Arizona visiting my parents for a few days. Their school dismissed them at noon last Friday for a two-week spring break. We all need it. We're trying to conserve money and minimize stress, so we chose not to take a family vacation. Oldest Boy and Middle Boy were happy with the alternative we presented. The chance to fly solo to see their grandparents, and enjoy valuable and rare one-on-one time. The boys love it, and so do my parents. The boys follow our rules better than Mom and Dad though.
Mom particularly enjoys pushing the limit. She never does anything terrible, but things she knows we'd probably not do. I don't know why she enjoys this so much. For example, when Oldest Boy was six he was into marbles. She said she had the perfect bag for him to store and carry his marbles. A velvet, Crown Royal bag. He didn't know what it was, but Mom loved the idea of a little boy carrying around a Crown Royal bag. He still has it.
Before they were out of diapers, the boys were saying "Salud!" and trying to clink their sippy cups with other kids, thanks to Mom.
They came home from an Arizona visit last summer with a picture of a dead snake. Mom saw a coyote walking behind their property with the snake it's mouth. She and the boys followed the coyote and when it dropped the dead rattlesnake, Mom took a picture of the chewed-on snake corpse for their scrapbook. Cute.
Toddler Child declares anything gross or unpleasant, "Caca! Kay-Kay says so!" [The kids call Mother Kay-Kay after her attempts to have Oldest Boy call her "Nana Kaye Anna" failed.]
I called Mom and Dad's house yesterday to see how things were going. Oldest Boy told me they were watching the movie Gremlins on television. They'd never seen it and he was enjoying it. Middle Boy shared the same information, but could hardly contain himself when he said, "Guess what channel the movie's on, Mom? It's called Movies That Don't Suck."
"Hey. You just wanted to say 'suck'."
"No, Mom. That's what it's called. Really."
The boys and I said our goodbyes, then Mother got back on the phone. "Middle Boy could hardly wait to tell me about the channel Movies That Don't Suck."
"Well... that is what it's called, Honey. There's one of those little logos on the bottom of the screen."
"Just so you know... we prefer the kids not say 'suck'."
I heard her sigh heavily, and I'm certain her eyeballs rolled back as she said, "All right.