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My happy scarers

My two-year-old hides behind his hands, then throws his arms out wide while shouting, “Boo!”

I shriek as if startled, which makes him scream in delight before devolving into giggle-fits.

We repeat this over and over. Sometimes, we’ll do it a hundred times in one sitting.

My seven-year-old recently asked, exasperated, why I pretend to be afraid.

I replied, already wistful, “Your brother will understand soon enough that he’s not actually scaring me. So while he still believes it, I’ll keep on shrieking. I’ll keep on cherishing the sweet sound of him laughing, knowing he’ll soon enough be on to other joys.”

“Oh. Will you scream if I do it, too?”

“Sure, if your brother’s around.”

So he tried, too, and I shouted in mock horror.

Now, for at least a little while, both my little boys take turns scaring me, and I’m happy.

  1. January 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I love that! Then they start scaring each other and it is no longer funny…

    • January 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      That pops up once in a while, too! D’s getting better every day about reading the signs of fun-scared v. scared-scared. 😀

  2. January 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    We lose these days so quickly -:hold every second close to your heart! 😊

  3. January 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Life’s little joys are so simple and easy–but huge and memorable. Have fun being scared while it lasts.

    • January 21, 2017 at 6:54 am

      For sure! Yesterday, I even decided to splash in some puddles, thinking how much joy Littler gets from that small act. The wet shoes weren’t exactly fun, but they were worth it. 🙂

  4. January 19, 2017 at 7:37 am

    That’s awesome! As they get older, the little joys get fewer and far between.

    • January 21, 2017 at 6:54 am

      I remember me at 13-14 and hope that my boys, when that time comes, present a few more joyous moments than did I!

  5. January 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    So precious ❤

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