"The most important thing is God and Jesus. The second important thing is your penis."
Rand would be much happier if he could go back in utero for the remainder of the packing process.
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"I'll show you a shortcut, Mommy. Come this way. Follow me."
My 3 year old son steps from the trail into the trees and looks back uncertainly to see if I'll follow. I see the beginnings of a man made to lead - he needs to be followed. So I duck under branches and climb over rocks to follow him on this "shortcut". His shortcut is a circle in the woods, but the path is not the point. My son is learning how to be a man, and as he leads me, the air around him changes. I can see his steps grow more confident. We make it back to the trail and he's no longer a little boy walking in the woods. Now he carries himself with the confidence of an explorer, a master woodsman, a leader. And I pray for the women my sons will marry - that they will be gentle with these boys of mine who need to lead in the way they need oxygen.
Love is......packing up empty Lego set boxes because "they're really special to me, Mommy."
...summoning some small amount of sympathy* for your husband who comes down with a stomach bug after working away from home for three weeks, on the weekend you're supposed to be packing the house together.
...dealing lovingly with a wife who gives you a passive-aggressive guilt trip for getting sick.
The less Mig heard, the less she understood. The less she understood, the more things she did wrong; and the more things she did wrong, the more clouts to the ear she received, and the less she heard. This is what is known as a vicious circle.
We do NOT want to get vicious circled.