So you know how your kids always say the funniest things?
Those lines that come out of nowhere which really make you wonder if they let these out, what else are they thinking! Last night we spent an evening with several families from a homeschool co-op that we joined last September. It was a wonderful evening of food and fellowship and an especially nice venue for my husband to meet some fellow homeschooling dads. The ages of the kids varied but somehow knowing the parents were occupied in the next room and the food was freely on the countertops, they were all quite satisfied. As the temperature continued to drop and the minutes turned into hours, dessert was finished and it was time to call it a night. We brought our half-eaten veggie tray home after ten o’clock and as the youngest two were preparing for bed, my husband and I snacked on veggies with our eleven year old in the kitchen. As each of us recounted the highlights of the evening and compared our favorite food, she was preparing to reveal a doozy of a statement. Are you ready for this? In the excitement of the chatter she uttered these words…”I really liked seeing you and Daddy getting social tonight with friends.”
I instantaneously pivoted around mid-step on the other side of the kitchen and asked her what in the world that meant! She further explained that it was nice to see us out talking and having fun with friends and she was much relieved that we didn’t pack up and leave shortly after we all ate. I just laughed out loud and we had a few more words of banter back and forth over it. All this really had me thinking today. You see we are by definition more of a homebody family meaning, we don’t run the roads for pleasure. And usually as fun as a night out on Friday sounds on Monday, by the time Friday arrives, we all just want to be at home together! Given our homeschool schedule, I am with the kids every day and yet still we’d all opt for a night home together in our comfy clothes and playing our favorite games. This desire for home has simply been a way our family connects with each other and rejuvenates ourselves.
But here’s further thoughts on my daughter’s reaction. I think she desired to see us laughing, joking, interacting and telling stories with our friends. I can appreciate that because I do have distinct childhood memories of my parents having friends over or us going to their homes. And for a kid it often means food not normally allowed and a chance to push back bedtime! Which they certainly accomplished both of those last night! Such a fun time was had by all that there were even discussion to do it once a semester…I’m all in for that! But we must definitely seek out opportunities for “getting social” beyond 2 times per year outside of celebrations and gatherings with family and friends!
What are your regular intervals for “getting social?”
When you wake up tomorrow, don’t forget to thrive in all you do!