Jun 4, 2007

Utah or New York?

I was just privy to some pretty important life planning on the part of Bennett and Chloe today. As we were driving all around town, those two decided now was the time to decide on a plan of action for their future. They decided that they do, in-fact, love one another. And the ultimate end to loving one another is marriage, right?!

So, Bennett asks me, "Mom, what's that rule about marrying someone in your family?"

"Uh", I stutter...where is he going with this..."Um, why do you ask, honey?"

"Cuz I want to marry Chloe." Awww, how sweet. I decide to let them in on a loop-hole in the law.

"Well, you might not be able to marry Chloe, but there's nothing wrong with a brother and sister sharing the same house."

Now that he feels he has the green light, they commence the planning phase of their future little lives. They were so giddy. I sat there and soaked it all up, listening as their two little pip-squeak voices volleyed back and forth with ideas.

Then, in all seriousness, being that he's the male, and in charge of things and wanting to protect his sister, he decides to get expert advice from me, the one who seemingly knows all things (at least to a 5 and 3 year old). "Mom," he asks "is there the ocean in Utah?" Thankfully, I know that one, "No honey, but there is a desert, mountains and a very big lake." That answer suffices and they animatedly continue their discussion. I wasn't able to catch it all, but this was enough:

Bennett: "Chloe, keep this in your mind forever...mountain lions like to pounce."

Chloe: "Will they eat us?"

Bennett: "Probly...but maybe if we have the chance we can run back home and get some sticks and a fire and then go back and throw it at him."

I'm assuming that this conversation came on the heals of possibly moving to the mountain in Utah...just one of their many options. Neither of them were very excited about this possibility, Bennett, not being a big fan of risk taking and Chloe, not liking to get eaten by large animals. So Bennett asks, "Mom, what other States are there besides America, Utah or Hawaii?"

Thankfully, I'm full of answers today and was able to spout off a good 5 or 6 more State options for them. By the end of our drive I heard them putting the final seal of approval on their latest plan:

Bennett: "Okay...we'll both have a convertible car, live together in the same huge house and live in New York."

Chloe: "An I will be a lellow pincess."

Bennett: "Ya."

As I open the van door to get the kids out, I notice them sitting in the back seat hand in hand. This is a first. I told Bennett, "Honey, you're being so loving today." He shrugs nonchalantly and replies, "Well, I am going to marry Chloe, so I better start showing her love."

How I'm going to miss these days the older they get.


Jennifer said...

Wish my kids would show a little love. Lately, they just chase each other and fight allot. Maybe I should mention the marriage option...

gaylafriend said...

I don't know you, but this was one of the sweetest things I've ever read!!!

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