But you'll have to forgive me if five things don't come to mind very quickly right now. I am still waiting for the "Golden Years" my sister-in-law promised me would come between ages of 6 and 12. After "wipe my ass" and before "kiss my ass," as she put it.
Why? you ask. Well, where should I start?
Number One Son is 11, and showing far too many signs of preteen angst already, "I hate her Mum, I really hate her. She is always bugging me." Said in reference to the daughter of friends of ours who is in his class.
Number Two Son is turning 9 next week and he and my Other Half are constantly at each others' throats. Both are the middle child. Need I say more?
And Number Three Son isn't my cute, little 6 year old. He is the Tasmanian Devil. You know, the one from the Bugs Bunny cartoon - constantly in motion, knocking down everything and everyone in his path with spit spewing out of his mouth when he finally does come to a halt.
Nice eh? But I'll try to think back.
1. I love the fact that my 11 year still hold my hand when we walk to school - sometimes.
2. I love that my almost 9 year old crawls into bed with me every morning when he wakes up for a cuddle. "I can't start my day any way else," he says.
3. I love that my 6 year old still asks for "Hug, Mum, hug." all the time.
4. I love it when I get time to spend with them individually. They become different kids when they don't have a brother or two around vying for my attention. They talk, I listen, we communicate.
5. I love watching the relationship they have with their grandparents. We are so lucky to have all four young, healthy and close by. They love watching hockey with their Grandpa, doing crafts with Grandma, going fishing with Dippy and just hanging out, doing nothing with Geeya. Each one of them will make my boys better people.
I do love my boys, I just want to like them more.
Now I'll tag some of my favourite rockstar mothers from all over. Those who have inspired me and made me laugh when I just want to cry.
CDP in Maryland at Parenthetical
Barrie in California at Barrie Summy
Kyran in Arkansas at Notes to Self
Rachel en France at This Provencal Life
Kellan in Texas at On the Upside
Nell in Maine at Mama Goose
Tanis in Alberta at Attack of the Redneck Mommy
Hope I got everyone's names and locations right and that takes us in a few different directions. Enjoy the tour!
Thanks Karen for tagging me, it did make me think about why I do love my boys.