My ten-year-old daughter invited me to a “Saturday Sleepover.” After I gladly accepted, she busily prepared for our special night by washing the sheets (soliciting a little help from Dad in learning to measure the detergent and use the washer and dryer), getting her reluctant brothers to help her re-make the top and bottom bunks, choosing a movie (and getting it ready to play in the family room), putting my pillow on the bottom bunk, and arranging some teddy bears on my pillow. She even made hand-lettered signs that read, “Mom’s Bunk” and “Jenae’s bunk.”
After watching “Facing the Giants,” (I cried through the movie; she said, “Mom, kids don’t get all emotional about things like that”) we ate cookies, brushed our teeth, tucked ourselves into our bunks, and talked way past her usual bedtime. It was truly a precious night. We talked about things that never would have come up if we hadn’t been spending that time together. We grew closer, and we made memories to last a lifetime. Together we created a tradition that we look forward to repeating numerous times!
Here’s my Social Incite™ for the week:
Whether you think you don’t have time for experiences like these, or your child is too old, or too young, or too disabled, or whatever excuse you might have, I highly encourage you to take time this week to do something meaningful for and with someone special in your life. I believe you’ll be glad you did!