The brothers have been extra helpful around the house for the past week.
It’s because they wanted something, of course, but I really can’t complain.
“Do you have any chores for me to do?” “Can I help you cook dinner?” “Do you want me to round up the laundry?” “Can I clean the toilet?”
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
It’s easy to be a Yes Mom when they’re baiting you. It’s easy to read an extra story when the day has gone so swimmingly that you’re not sure it wasn’t part of some strangely calm dream sequence. It’s easy to practice patience and take a few deep breaths when they’re just being children and being kind of noisy in the car, even if you’re feeling a bit anxious in the rain.
And they weren’t only putting me on, you see. They were acting super kind to one another, talking about what they’d do together if they achieved this wanted thing. They sat on the couch and read together. They invented some kind of game. They took turns setting the table instead of trying to pass the buck to the other brother.
It’s been kind of quiet and weird.
I’m expecting a huge shoe to drop any second now, but we’re enjoying it greatly. We’ll see how it goes. At the very least, I bribed some fun beginning of fall photos out of them on a beautiful evening. I count this week as a total win for the lot of us.