A couple of years ago, we started a tradition in our house. Once all three kids were tucked in and ready for bed, one of them would have what we called "Special Night". This activity only happened once a week per child, but it was ten to fifteen minutes after bedtime, spent one on one with mom doing whatever activity each child chose when it was their night. Sometimes in those minutes, the boys would choose to play Go Fish, Monopoly, we'd draw, have hot chocolate, or build blocks. Depending on the son and the night, the activities would vary. The boys loved it - it was a time for us to connect one on one with no interruptions, and they got to choose the activity. During Special Night is where I learned of my oldest son's first crush, about the girl in class who just can't seem to get along with anyone, the happiness at being the best runner in gym class, the struggles that one was having in math, and many other very private thoughts.
Unfortunately, as things go, "Special Night" has been pushed aside for late soccer practices, band concerts, and playing until the last possible minute.
Today I realized that we haven't been doing special night...and I miss it!
I'd like to up the anty and the fun. This week, the Crowe house will once again have "Special Night". The time around, the recipient will be secretly sneaked out of bed for minutes of un-divided, un-equivocally, the best time of the week....at least for me!
I feel lucky....