Sweetboy has taken to reading my texts whenever he hears the ding. I’m gonna have to get that ding to go all silent and stealthy from now on.
He has also taken to noticing, lately, when Sweetman and I are standing too close to each other (or hugging, or GASP, kissing!). He’ll laugh a nervous little laugh and turn away. It makes us happy that he has gotten to the point where he is able to see how others relate and feel an emotion beyond whatever is going on in his own world. Huge step for this Sweetboy of ours. Thank you God!
Anyhoo, back to the huggin’ and the kissin’. Sweetgirl has also taken notice of our proximity, lately. In fact, after telling the kids we’d take a family walk around the neighborhood (that’s code for letting that child ride her bike like she’s Evel Knievel while I sweat. it. out!) she got a little impatient waiting for us to come outside. She poked her head in the garage door and asked if we were done “Standing Really Close Next To Each Other Now?!?”. I suppose that’s a five-year old’s way of explaining all of the hugging?
We think it’s a hoot how the kids each react to any show of intimacy on the part of us parents, toward each other.
And in fact, we do it more often, now, whenever we think they may be paying attention. Just to, you know… stir the pot a little. I do believe that is part of The Parental Contract, yes?
And so, I suspect that had Sweetboy come across this text message conversation that Sweetman and I had on Friday, he’d have been a little wigged out.
Some things in a marriage just never. get. old.