During the summer we routinely get together for whatever reason... BBQ's, swimming, bonfires or just to hang out. Very impromptu.
As the summer wound down and work, school and sports programs started back up, it's been hard to find the time (and energy) to get together.
Summer's last hurrah had kicked in. We are a tired group of moms and dads - BUT we did want to have a neighborhood "last hurrah" while we still had decent weather.
My husband REALLY wanted to have another bonfire. He mentioned this to one of our little friends, who was very excited for a bonfire, so it HAD to happen. I texted everyone and set a time. We had an earlier engagement, so we decided between 7:30 and 8 PM would be the perfect time.
Well, we were detained... Things happen.
I again texted all to let them know that the festivities would begin about a half hour later.
Once we got home, hubby got the bonfire going. I got snacks and music rolling and we waited for our big and little friends to arrive.
I sat down by the fire with my lovely Blue Moon Pumpkin Harvest and when my one of my little friends arrived he sat beside me.
"Miss Jenn," he said. "I just want you to know that I was aggravated that I had to wait for this bonfire to start."
I immediately got a chuckle.
"Aggravated, really? Are you sure that's the word you're looking for? Do you maybe mean impatient?"
"Yes, Miss Jenn. Impatient. I was getting impatient. You said 7:30-8 and now it's almost 9:00."
"Well, yes I did.. but I texted that I'd be a little late. Besides, I waited a WHOLE 20 minutes for you to get here."
"Yes... Well I was impatient. I saw you come home and I wanted to leave to come here by myself, but my MOM made me wait...and THEN my mom had to change her clothes and her shoes and that took FOREVER. That's what took me so long."
Of course at this point, I'm cracking up - I love the viewpoint of the short ones....
I've taken note to never again aggravate my young friend and I promise to work on my promptness.
A few hours later, I went inside to check on the other shorter ones who lost interest in the fire. After all, the s'mores were done... What's the point in hanging out with the old people if they're not making s'mores?
As I crept in to check on them - the "let's pretend" conversations that I over heard made my jaw hit the floor.....
"OK, let's pretend we're in the 10th grade and we're pregnant"
Before I go on, let me state - they are 7 years old - 10th grade seems REALLY old to them.
I jumped in - shocked, of course...
"UM... No one here is going to be pregnant in the 10th grade!"
"Well, ......... isn't pregnant anymore, mommy. She had her baby. I WAS pregnant, but MY baby died in my stomach."
Holy heck!! These are not the kinds of conversations that normally fly around our house.
I assure you - there were plenty of conversations had the next day!
(On the "dead baby" note, the girls heard discussion of their teacher losing her baby, so this is how they processed the situation.)
I also must add that in the boys' pretend world...one one was a professional wrestler, another a college educated life guard, his little brother was the life guard assistant. None claimed rights to any of the babies and stated... EWWWWW, that's gross.
All is well in boy world.
Now to explain to my short one that there will be no babies, pregnancies or heaven forbid "dead babies" until after high school, college and an established career or 75 years of age. Whichever comes first.
Kids, gotta love 'em.
Ya just never know what the next jaw dropping moment will be.
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