My middle just whispered Would you rather swim with alligators or battle Voldemort? Of course, either way you'd probably die. Her brother and sister laugh and say yeah. I've got to agree, although if I had to choose, it'd be the alligators; that Voldemort, he's a scary son of a gun.
My youngest just whispered Would you prefer a smoothie with fish guts or an apple-banana-mud-sandwich? Ah, the third born a clown finally lobs a food category question. Her siblings' answers are divided against themselves. The house cannot stand and the game slowly dissolves.
There's a little more laughter and then their voices fall still, not a creature is stirring. I'll check on them in a few minutes, make sure the radio's off and the blankets are on. Summer is here, but the nights in CO are still chilly. I'll probably do a little whispering myself as I patrol the borders of their room:
Children of mine all in one room together, sleep well. May the Grace that keeps this world keep you safe this airish night.
The Jonas brothers and that sparky Olympian from Dancing with the Stars, or at least boys and girls who look like them, will come along soon enough wanting to date or dance or something. For now, I hope you'll dream of alligators with teeth made of squishy bananas who prefer smoothies with fish guts to kids anyway. And if that old Voldemort should cross your mind, remember the old magic that kept Harry safe in the first place - his parent's love. If anyone should ask me if I'd rather have you or three other kids who speak two languages fluently and know all the answers to bible trivia and never sneak ice cream for breakfast, I'd say "this gambler wants the cards he was dealt." And I do.
If you should need us, the Beagle's sprawled out in the den and Mom and I are just across the hall...only God knows how much I love you.