Today was one of those rare one on one days. Gracie was at a friend's house for a sleep over. Riley and Elly went shopping with Nana and Popa. Christopher was at work. That just left Rowan and I. I had lots to do, but decided that it was more important that I spend time with Rowan. Turns out that was one of the best decisions that I have made in a long time.
I asked the Little Man what he wanted to do today, did he want to see a movie? He wanted to do a craft. We opened the craft cupboard and started digging. Rowan was just digging, determined to find everything that he could need. I am a control freak, and most times I have a craft planned. Today we just decided to wing it... another great decision.
We pulled out wooden clothes pins, paint, glue, felt, feathers, pipe cleaners, googlie eyes, and pom poms. I suggested that we could make Leprechauns. "Nah" was the response that I got. He had a determined look on his face, a crafter hard at work. I took great delight in making my own leprechauns.
I took great delight in painting the bottoms of the clothes pins. I cut bits of felt and hot glued them into tiny little hats. I nearly peed my pants laughing when I put the pom poms in half and hot glued them to make beards. I guess what I am saying is that I sat with my son, and enjoyed him. I forgot how much fun it is to just let the supplies take you where they go. I forgot how much fun it is to make crafts.
Rowan and I spent our afternoon just being together. We did a craft, then we watched a movie. We sat on the couch cuddling and watching Dare Devil. It was PG13, and Rowan felt like a rebel ( I covered his eyes for the extremely tame sex scene). I let him drink pop, and eat chocolate.
At the end of the day we had a great day. If someone were to ask "Oh what was so great about doing a craft and watching a movie?" There was nothing that was earth shattering. I gave one child my complete attention, that doesn't happen very often. When you have 4 children you have to divide your attention. You always need to stop what you are doing to break up a fight, pick up an injured child, pick up a child from a friend's house. Add to all the distractions the fact that with four children I am always doing wash, making food (you will notice at no point I said cleaning). When the rare opportunity presents itself to give one child my complete attention, it is important to seize it.