One day this week, the kids were all upstairs doing their morning thing. They weren’t fighting. There were no tears. They were just diligently working away on their bedroom. They even changed their sheets without being asked. It was pretty sweet.
I used the time to fold laundry, putter around on the main level, clean out the fireplace, take out the garbage and swab the poop deck. Both of them.
When they came downstairs 9:45 and realized they were 45 minutes late for school, I smiled and told them it was okay. They could go ahead and do what they wanted. It’s good to have a repreive from the routine now and then! After a grin and a hug, Gabe grabbed a book and a seat in the sun on the upstairs landing. Caleb went up to the playroom to create a Lego masterpiece. Eden, being the eager preschooler that she is, got her school bin and binders and got to work.
When Gabe was done his book, he took it upon himself to make a birthday card for a party he has coming up this weekend. Then he came down and made a nice big fruit salad, all by himself, for the first time ever.
Caleb came down after a bit, put away some lingering breakfast items and loaded the dishwasher, without being asked. He made a cute little comment about how it feels so good in here when it’s tidy. Then he proceeded to wonder in disbelief how we clean, it gets dirty again, we clean again… Funny.
When Eden had clearly had enough of her worksheets, she and Caleb sat down to a game of chess. Yes, he’s teaching her how to play. Even though she’s only four, it’s going very, very well. (They played for 2 hours the other day. This is one of the ‘other day’ pictures. She’s clearly losing but still looks pretty happy, thank goodness.)
It was a beautiful morning. The kids didn’t require text books, pencils and sitting still to be learning things. I didn’t say anything to any of them about what to do. Aside from a bit of guidance on the best way to cut a pineapple, and reading the worksheet instructions for Eden, they learned all on their own. They used their critical thinking skills to find things to do and figure out how to do them best. Isn’t that how we live life as adults? There is something so wonderful about not having to spell it out step by step.
And to top it all off, the sun was shining.