For the second time this summer Jack has been ditched by his three older brothers. First they went to summer camp with church, and mom and dad left for Costa Rica which put him in the hands of Miss Erica who hardly gave him a moment to notice everyone was gone. Now the big boys are off on their mission trips and Jack stood bleary eyed in the Morning on Saturday and announced, “This isn’t as bad as I thought what can we do today?” He was no doubt with his sweet ways hoping for not only some attention but some justified spoiling. He has raked in both.
Saturday morning is first chores then exercise. Craig lead him through the snake grass onto the trails (of course I am the only one who sees the snakes) for a sweaty half hour bike ride. I passed them while rollerblading back, and it was the best treat of my ride. Once home Jack laid out a yoga mat next to mine and screeched while he tried to do some of my stretches.
We went to the Galleria so he could jump on the trampoline hooked to bungee cords. While he was jumping up into the second floor of the mall he spied the Lego store. He was beside himself with good fortune as tied his shoes because he found an unexpected shopping adventure. So we went upstairs and he negotiated a sweet deal where I’d match what he spent of his own money. He’s tight fisted though so he talked me into the ten dollar toy and then he changed his mind at the last minute and bought the five dollar one. Stinker. He cackled all the way home because he’s still got five dollars in his pocket.
Daddy then proceeded to take him to Subway for dinner and then out to a movie, and home for a swim. Today he rejoiced because he had the whole play room to himself and no brothers to : “boss me, make me watch a movie I don’t want to, yell at me for making noise while I dig in the lego box, take Lucy from me, or tell me to turn the light off at night when I feel like reading”.
Sleeping alone in his bed was a first successful hurdle he cleared. He was nervous about it. When Kevin stays with friends Jack manages to talk Donny into occupying the empty bed in his room. Now, however Jack realized it isn’t so bad having the room all to himself.
The memory of his kingship that I’ll not forget is the moment Craig left with Jordan to the airport and Jack took the new bandana (he talked me into buying) and tied it around his forehead like all the teens do in this house. Curiously he had never tied it there in the presence of his brothers. He’s built some confidence wearing it in their absence so I believe he’ll sport it when they return. It will be his silent message to them that he’s growing up, spreading his own wings in their absence and becoming a little like them but more of who Jack is meant to be….their boss someday…