Parents, what do you do when you don't hear your child for several minutes? You automatically assume the worst, right? I have done it over and over and over again. But fortunately, my kids have proven me wrong every time. Thankfully, I have kids who don't really destroy a room, just to destroy it. Nor do I have kids who have ever drawn all over the walls or torn apart every game in the game box. Well, except for the time Carter did this:
But, he wasn't sneaky about it. My parents thought it was funny that he wanted to draw with chalk on the door. Right mom and dad? And actually we were all there watching him, as he thought he was doing something wrong.
And then there was the time that Evan found my make-up bag...that moment made Jeremy super proud of his young man.
But other than that, I have been lucky not to have to clean up messes that my boys have done while left to their own devices. And trust me, I kinda let them do their own thing during the day. But I also have a wonderful first born who is a rule follower. So probably one of these days, in a therapist's office he will remember his childhood and realize that his super crazy mom made him OCD! But there are worse things, right?
So, anyway, Carter has a tendency to go hide from the chaos of having a loud, rambunctious older brother. And you would think that after 2 and half years, I would trust the little booger more than I do. But come on, you really can't trust a preschooler, right?
You can bet money, that when Carter is hiding, he is doing one of two things: 1. Pooping or 2. Reading
Time and time again, the kid will be out of sight for longer than I should admit several long minutes, only for me to run into the room, ready to yell "stop" and there he is reading silently. As if he is a little angel!
I know that tomorrow, my story may include permanent marker on the walls, or paint on the carpet. But for today, let me just say, how much I ADORE this kid! He never ceases to amaze me and keeps me on my toes. He LOVES making people laugh, he is my comedian! He loves being center of attention. But then there are times, that he loves the quiet and a good book.
I can not wait to see what he becomes! But for right now, I will not take these moments for granted, I will come running when it's quiet and be delighted when he continues to surprise me!