We got to keep Duke (“6 almost 7″) and Veda (4, “Shouldn’t you already know that?”) for two weekends. Jill charted two endurance courses: meals, swimming, shopping, splash pad #1, playground, Monsters Inc. twice since they transformed Life.Church for At The Movies on that theme, maybe sleeping, church, coffee shops, splash pad #2, naps and home.
I think I love having them until I compare myself to Mimi, who is juiced beyond belief. I make funny games, listen to them gossip, pontificate on arcane minutiae, and become self-aware. Twice Duke replayed the “You are not allowed to touch my privates” speech. Then, maybe ten minutes later, he called me to the restroom to wipe his bottom after going #2.
Tempted to replay that I should not touch him, Mimi’s look-of-death froze the thought in inaction. True self-awareness awaits further work.
Somewhere in a blur of making blueberry pancakes (thirteen grain); Duke asked, “When did you bow down to Mimi?”
He caught my blank face.
Duke, “You DID bow down to Mimi, right?”
I now looked at Mimi, my wife and girlfriend, and she realized Duke had seen photos in our little digital photo frame over by the toys, and in those photos, a somewhat grainy Colt knelt before Claire one night at the Botanical Gardens. He was asking her to marry him.
She said “Yes”, ergo Duke, Nova and Veda.
So I told him I bowed down to Mimi at the North Pole on the map of the world in the old Dallas Love Terminal, and she said “Yes”. Yes. I bowed down to her.
I thought later I should add, “And when she met my family and still kept me, and when your dad was born, and when her first horse died and we lost a baby between the boys, and when I served in ministry and we always had more month than money.”
Then I thought to add, “And this morning because she loves you, worked two days to prepare this weekend, enriches my life, keeps up with a zillion people, paints beautifully, cares for animals, and is funny, witty and reads.”
Now I have to wait until he returns with his mom and dad, and I should bow down more often, and say so.