Do you have a few secrets you keep from your children?
Of course you do. We all do.
I keep some gems hidden quietly in my heart — mostly out of love, but sometimes for my own survival.
7. I have a favourite child.
And my favourite can change almost instantly, depending on who has placed his small hand in mine or instead used it to wreak momentary havoc. But, my favourite also can REIGN AS KING for much longer periods, going on weeks or months, as you each journey through your own seasons -- and I do, too. In fact, having a favourite child is a simple way of saying that BOTH of my boys are my favourite. I love you equally, and also in totally different ways.
6. I watch you sleep.
Late at night, I slip into your beds. I lie next to you and feel your breath on me. I marvel at your mere existence. I wonder at your absolute peacefulness. And I say a little prayer for Our Tribe.
5. I fake cry.
Why, oh why, do I fake cry? Because I know it will make you STOP whatever you are doing, be quiet and then be REALLY NICE to me for at least the next hour. I invoke this strategy on a limited basis, so as to avoid overuse and future ineffectiveness.