While we still stick to our No Technology Weekdays rule, sometimes we need a little bit of escapism on a Monday evening. Sometimes I’m coming down with the cold the boys so kindly shared. Sometimes Monday feels like a really, really long day. Sometimes their homework pushes all a little over the edge. Sometimes the thumping and throbbing in my ears from a near-miss migraine the week before makes me wince, blink through one eye.
And sometimes the boys pick up on all those things.
Over dinner, we discussed their day, as we do. LittleBrother complained at me; we’d forgotten to go over his lines for the Christmas play. Again. You see, he’s Buddy the Elf.
Yes. That Buddy the Elf.
But also, you see, he’s never seen Elf. And so I decided right then and there, mainly just so I could sit still and maybe hold my head in a way that my ear didn’t throb, we would watch the movie that night. Monday or not.
The boys cuddled me on either side, legs draped over one another, arms bumping and all breathing the same air. I sat and held my head still while the giggles bubbled over, sometimes poking at the soft spot in my ear and sometimes filling my soul with the same giddy, glee.
By the time the movie ended, we’d all melted into one another, one boys on my left, the other on my right. These two brothers held on to my hands and giggled; they smooshed into me on a day I needed smooshing. These two boys, getting older by the second, know exactly how to come together and make me feel just a little bit better… even on a Monday.