SIXTEENTH NIGHT (of December)
by Emily, Madison, Lauren and George
Quickly backing out of the garage in the minivan because we’re going to be late to Livi’s preschool Christmas party.
Me: “Why am I always late everywhere we go?”
George: “Because you’re always on the computer.”
Sitting around the kitchen island at dinnertime.
Madison: “George, you better say nice things or Mom will put tape on your mouth.”
Madison: “Yep. Once Mom put packing tape on my mouth when I wasn’t being nice to you.”
Lauren turns and looks at me with wide eyes.
Lauren: “You did?”
Me: “Yes, I did. But I used packing tape instead of duct tape because I’m nice.”
Sitting on the side of George’s bed and singing “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
George: “What does ‘let us adore Him’ mean?”
Me: “Well, adore means to love.”
(As I continue to sing the rest of the first verse, George quietly interrupts.)
George: “I adore you too, Mom.”