Families develop their schedules around work and school activities that create… opportunities… for different kinds of parent/child bonding. On Thursdays my son Penn (9) has basketball after school, my youngest daughter Zoë (3) is at pre-school, and my daughter Grace (6 — pictured left) just needs to be picked up. So on the way to school yesterday morning my daughter said, “Let mommy pick me up today.”
“Because we go out.”
“You like that?”
“Yes. We have secrets.”
You see their “secret” above. Now, I’m having this conversation while all three of them are in the car, so the secretiveness of these secrets are dubious at best. My daughter Zoë has to chime in, “I want Daddy to pick me up.”
Bless you, my child.
At any rate, I think we’ve unlocked one secret to childhood happiness: a smoothie with Mommy after school that’s secret. Until now.