Last night the phone rang.
It was a friend of Chases' wanting him to come to a party/sleep-over tonight.
"Why sure. He has been home all week. He has had a mild case of Chicken Pox.
He is stir-crazy and would love some fresh air. Are you still willing to take him?" I ask.
I crossed my fingers .
Please say Yes...Please say Yes!
The voice on the other end of the phone interrupted my thinking.
"Sure, we would love to have him!"
Today when Claire got home, she asked if she could have a friend over.
I just got rid of one child and now she wants another?
"Okay Claire, let me take a look at your room. If it is clean, you may have a friend over."
"Oh, it is clean Mom!"
"To my standards of "Clean" or yours?" I asked.
Claire sped to her room and slammed the door.
Works every time I say to myself.
While she was preparing for the "white glove test", the phone rang.
This time it was one of Claire's girlfriends wanting her to spend the night.
I am so sorry little friend of Claire. She had so wanted you to come and play. I am sure she would have loved for you to spend the night too. We were within seconds of calling you...honest. But someone else called first. Someone who wanted HER to go THERE. There really was NO choice. You see, Claire will leave and her room will stay clean tonight. If you had come, it would not. I will not have to paint fingernails, and bake cookies. I will not have to pop popcorn or go rent movies. It is my hope you will never know what might have been!
It will be a nice, quiet , relaxing evening all alone...
Wait a minute.
I still have Cole.
He is a precious 3 1/2 year old.
He is potty trained.
He is well versed.
He knows all his colors.
He can count to 100.( though not in the correct order!)
He can navigate the computer.
He can get his own snacks.
He gives the very best hugs and kisses!
On second thought...I think I will keep him. I may even call Chase and Claire to come home!