So we eat dinner as a family every night, but I realized that in the chaos that is our dinner time, we don’t really talk much.
It’s a lot of me-getting-up-to-get-people-things and us-telling-the-kids-to-eat-something and them-telling-us-they’d-rather-not-eat-anything-I -make-for-dinner-but-can-they-have-a-cookie kind of stuff.
But we don’t talk about our day or anything!
And that’s partly because Alice’s vocab is limited.
(She can say “happy!”)
And partly because by dinnertime, my patience is limited.
And Tom is too busy wishing his mom had made ice cream for dinner and voicing that wish.
And Kevin is too busy trying not to get hit with food.
So today I decided to change.
And I asked Tom, “Hey, Tom! What was your favorite part of today?”
Here’s what he had to choose from:
–We went to the grocery store early this morning just me and him. I gave him a cookie there — at 8 a.m.!
–We went to the mall and played in the play area there, where he ran around and made lots of friends.
–At the mall, we happened upon the “cars” (the little quarter rides) right when the guy was getting all the change out of them and he let Tom ride four of them for free. (I usually only let him ride one — so this was big!)
–We ate lunch at Chick-fil-A.
–We went outside and saw the fountains and threw 10 pennies each into them to make wishes.
–We got a new Disney “sing-along-songs” DVD in the mail that is Halloween-themed. His fave!
–We went on a walk with our lovely neighbor and searched for the turtle we saw in her yard a few days ago, but decided today he must be “visiting his friends.”
Okay, so! Are you dying to know what he picked?
“I liked looking at Dylan’s swing set.”
“But we didn’t play on Dylan’s swing set,” I said.
“I know. I just liked seeing it,” Tom said.
(Dylan’s swing set is in the same yard as the long-gone turtle. We did not talk about it at all, as I did not realize the obvious impact it was having on Tom’s day.)
“Oh, okay! Ummm…was there anything else you liked that we did today,” I asked.
“The chips,” he said excitedly.
We did not have chips.
Dinner conversation may need some work.
And our day may need some more swing set-spying and chip-eating.