Last weekend the four of us were having dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant. There were a few other tables occupied but we were clearly the loudest ones in the room, and it made me happy. No, it wasn't that our kids were being obnoxious and bothering other patrons. We've taken them out to eat since they were babies and they are well behaved. We were talking and laughing hysterically, and having a great time.
We are trying to raise the kids to see the bright side of things and always laugh along the way. Attitude is everything, Jason tells the girls, you get to make anything better or worse depending on how you think. (I know, I know, I tend to be a pessimist so he's preaching to me too.) He's also really good at making life fun. His laugh is contagious and Leila once told us which of his laughs are her favorite. We didn't even realize he had different laughs until she told us that.
Jason's exuberance is catchy and it certainly seems to have rubbed off on the girls. So there we were sitting in the restaurant enjoying each other's company. One of the things that made us laugh was this:
Me: "When you girls grow up we could all buy a beach house together, wouldn't that be great!?
Samiya: (getting that "I've got a brilliant idea!" look on her face) "I know! We cansneeeaak into peoples houses at night when they are sleeping (makes sneaking motions with her hands) and take money out of their wallets so we can have lots of money to buy one!!"
At which point Jason, Leilani, and I started laughing. You could physically see a look of realization pop up on her face and she said:
"We're going to go to jail aren't we?"
It was so cute and so funny to see her work it out in her head. I explained about "Breaking and Entering" and we were all cracking up. I felt so lucky that night, we enjoy each other so much. It's not like we are all happy all the time, but we do want them to enjoy each day and not take any of it for granted. I know I don't.
We cracked open our fortune cookies at the end of that meal and Jason's read:"God looks after you especially." I had never seen that one before, but it sure felt true that night.
Lauren blogs at Kradyville
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