I had a plan this evening. I was going to go for a run. Come hell or high water I was going to hit the treadmill.
But, alas, I didn’t.
I did something so much better – I took to the pavement with my nine year old. While my husband and son #1 went to soccer practice, I spent some mommy bonding time with Young Jedi.
You know, it is amazing what you learn about your child while on a good long walk.
- The following things make Young Jedi truly happy in a giddy “yippie” kind of way – candy, soda, Disney World, sweets, swimming, Selena Gomez and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order. Notice the absence of mommy and daddy? Yeah, so did I. (Little stinker!)
- Rocks are so incredibly cool that one must stop every five minutes and pick them up, examine them and throw them into the woods. This is a rule. I don’t know why the rule exists in the universe but I know that it does. I think boys get bonus points for discovering mud underneath them.
- Snot is always present. Always. Especially when you don’t have a tissue handy. Even when a young male does not show any outward symptoms of a cold, he will have snot. RUNNING DOWN HIS FACE. (I had previously assumed that this particular occurrence would cease the minute they got out of kindergarten but I concede that that is not the case.)
- Boys are unbelievably fearless and have an uncanny ability to get dirty… but they are also inspiring, curious and sensitive.
- They will turn ANYTHING into a race. If they fall down, they will want you. If they don’t, they will leave you. If you come across a hill, you must climb it. TOGETHER.
Who needs a treadmill?