Today is the last day before the kids go back to school. It’s been a fun, long, relaxing Christmas break, but all good things must come to an end, right? Plus, this mom needs some routine to return to her days, and at this point in the year, that means school needs to start back up and pronto.
We spent the morning around the house being pretty lazy, but around 11:30 I told everyone to get dressed so that we could go get some lunch somewhere.
After a brief debate (seriously, why do I even ask them where they want to go? Consensus on these issues is difficult.), we settled on Lion’s Choice for our meal, which was made even more perfect by the fact that we got there and realized that Wednesday is kids’ meal for $1.99 day. Score! Luke eats more than that so he needed a real meal, but still, we all ate for $13 and that included small chocolate dip cones after lunch.
On the way there, I mentioned that it might be fun to talk about some goals for the new year, as I was just curious as to what they might come up with. Turns out that both older boys had already done some goal-setting at school before Christmas, so we just discussed how to be successful at those endeavors (mostly involving in-class things like staying focused during partner reading time, some writing goals, etc.).
And then at lunch, the conversation turned to Jack Henry, who, when asked if he could think of a goal for the year, said, “I don’t really know what goals are.”
The boys chuckled and explained it to him, and he immediately responded with, “When I grow up, I want Mom to teach me how to shoot a gun. So I can be good at my job.” (First ever and current job aspiration: police officer.)
Cue the giggling again around the table. I told him that yes, that is indeed a goal, but that his uncles or Papa will likely have to teach him this skill, since his mama hasn’t fired a gun since her early teen years (shooting cans with my dad).
At this point the conversation deteriorated far past being able to come up with a reasonable goal for Jack Henry, but no matter. We had a good time.
And I think we’ll do this again next year.