Earlier this week I was having one of those days when I just wanted to drive around in my van, and I didn't feel like making lunch for the kids. I know, sounds bad. In those moments I usually just encourage the kids to head out to the van, strap in, find the drive-thru of my choice, and then let them eat in the vehicle because then I also have nothing to clean up in the house.
It's ok. You can think less of me. I don't mind.
[Insert wink from me...because I know some of you understand, and those who don't, I still love you.]
So I asked Caleb, "Hey, mommy is going to treat you all to a lunch away from home, so where would you like to go? Your options are McDonalds...Sonic...or Burger King." Those are the only three drive-thru restaurants in our small town.
He thought for a second and said, "What about daddy's work? Can we go there?"
Confused I said, "Well, daddy is probably busy with his work. But why would you want to go there for lunch?"
He explained, "Oh, you know. We could go to the bacteria."
You know those moments when I am capable of holding back laughter? This was not one of those moments.
When I finally composed myself, I just gave Caleb a hug because I so badly needed a laugh that day. And there are many days when he will say something (or Sarah will say something) that brings joy to my day when my thoughts are going a million different directions and I just need to stop and laugh.
I continued the conversation, "So you want to go to the bacteria?" He nodded. "I think it's called the cafeteria, hun." He smiled at me and agreed.
We did not go to the bacteria...excuse me...cafeteria that day. But I'm really glad he thought of it.
It made my day.