Homestretch to summer! My children are already running around outside in their swimsuits. I don’t know why, but really whatever keeps them out of the house.
We’re recovering from our sugar high over the weekend, or not, given the amount of crying there was Monday.
I left a post-meltdown RB asleep in the living room and I went outside to get the deck furniture out.
I passed by the kids’ set-up from Sunday. They had raced in the house and demanded,
“We need birdseed!”
“I don’t have any, but I’ll put it on my list.”
There are any number of requested items on my list. The girls hang their heads.
“But what will we feed the birds with? We’re setting up a nest.”
And the next day there it is, an offering to the birds: gummies and nerds.
How do you know your kids have way too much candy? They’re willing to sprinkle it around the yard.
Passover and Easter were a success. BB read from the Haggadah for the first time, which was amazing. RB, not to be outdone, “read” from the Haggadah, but only while someone else was also reading. So that was special.
When RB got tired of “reading,” she moved on to caressing my face and pressing her cheek against mine. It was very sweet, until it got aggressive. Note to self: try sitting farther away from children next year.
The afikomen was found quickly and neither kid managed to bargain at all. RB accepted the $3 I proffered without a second thought. When I offered BB $6, she wavered, but RB held out BB’s hand for her. Deal.
BB regrets not asking for more money and is going to try harder next year. They’ll learn to bargain yet.
Elijah came and drank wine and maybe some year I’ll remember to get a special cup for Miriam.
The second night, we went to the community seder at our synagogue. In the morning RB asks,
“Tonight is the seder.”
Yes. I had my doubts about putting us through it again. But at the very least, dinner was provided and I was surrounded by fellow gefilte-fish lovers, Captain and my children aside.
Then the Easter Bunny came. BB and RB are some sort of egg-finding match made in heaven. The minute RB got to her basket, she sat down and started eating. BB has never really cared for eating and she dashed around finding eggs.
BB dropped the eggs in RB’s lap. Thrilled, RB continued to stuff her face. At one point RB stood up, found an egg, and returned to her roost to continue her candy buffet.
BB ate nothing and continued to find all the eggs. BB stared at chocolate coated RB and declared,
“I feel nauseous.”
Both kids were thrilled. This is what happened last year, but I thought it was because RB didn’t understand. RB understands. Why would she work for candy if it’s being dumped in her lap?
BB ponders the loot,
“I wonder why the Easter Bunny brought us so much candy. The other year she just brought us a lot of bathing suits.”
Consistency might have been a good tactic. Too late now.
Next up: school vacation. Captain is in the office all week, proof miracles do happen. Meanwhile we’ll be running from room to room screaming at the top of our lungs. Or outside in our swimsuits, putting Cadbury eggs in nests and waiting for more chocolate.