The rain and thunder woke me up this morning. It was just barely past 6am and as I tip-toed down the stairs I saw our younger boys on the front porch, watching the rain. I stepped out the door to say “Good morning,” and chat for a minute.
They told me how they’d been up for about 20 minutes and about the sky glowing. It was. I noticed it when I woke up, very orange. They stayed out there a few more minutes then came in and asked for tea.
Not too much longer and I was serving warm tea to my 3 youngest sons. I made a cup for myself too.
It’s the weekend and usually, when they are up early and have tea or hot chocolate, I’ll take mine upstairs to the loft. Early morning is my time to get some things done; packing slips printed for our Family Vision Films orders, emails answered, that sort of thing.
But today, when I saw them sitting the table drinking tea, I thought the better thing would be to join them. So I did.
Jake asked about earthquakes and what causes them. He wanted to know if we could get a patch for his bike tire next time we were in town. He suggested maybe a German bike would be better, they have springs for tires. Javan said he needed a patch for his tire too. Luke asked if he could get a bag of marshmallows for his marshmallow gun. I said yes.
I may have missed that. Earthquakes and bike tires, marshmallow guns and tea with my boys. And I don’t want to miss it.
Who else will answer questions about earthquakes and trips to town so early in the morning? I don’t want their questions to go unanswered. I’m thankful for our time this morning. Even while writing this up (after our tea) they were all sitting here watching me write (type?).
I love this time with my younger children, it won’t be long and they won’t be so young, their questions won’t be so simple, their desires will mature as well. Today’s desires for marshmallows are tomorrow’s desire for the companionship of a girl.
If their questions go unanswered now, they won’t bring them to me later. If they can’t trust me now, they won’t trust me later. I have enough older children to see the truth and reality of this.
It goes by so quickly ladies. Take the time for tea, or juice, or any little beverage they enjoy. It’s the conversation that is the important part, the tea is just the medium.
Happy tea time!