Opa's been helping me with the kids lately, wrangling them along with us on errands. All I can say is thank God for help from caring friends, because these are seriously energetic boys. Each one could easily have a dedicated caretaker, and that person would still have trouble keeping up.
We're working with SUBWAY® Restaurants, and I like to duck in there to grab us all some easy eats on days like this.
Some Boy takes a long time to order. He's become the cautious one. He feels a responsibility for the younger two, and that's manifested into a certain hesitation. It's not a lack of confidence, mind you, but a desire to be in control. The idea of a situation not going as planned leaves him irritated. I'm the oldest myself, and I can relate! Something as simple as ordering a sandwich holds infinite possibilities, a daunting concept to his engineering mind. I appeal to him with simple choices. “My big boy, tell me what's best: American or Cheddar?”
Sidekick is a classic second child. Goofy and loud, I never have to ask his choices. He makes them heard.
Minion, for his part, thinks the world revolves around him. He's delighted by all the things that are clearly present just to entertain him. He often has to wait longer than the other kids to eat or drink, but Minion knows emphatically that his needs will be met. They always are, and he's positive that they always will be.
Opa is decisive like me. He'll scan the menu for new items and quickly order his usual. Have I mentioned that Opa wears kilts? He says, quite simply, that they're comfortable. He prefers them over pants or shorts. I love the example he sets for our children, encouraging them to assess the world and express themselves. And boy, do they ever! They've requested Crocs like Opa's and overalls like Dada. Their determined preferences make me smile. Every demand isn't met, obviously…but to me, bold opinions at this age are the sign of a strong character. The sign of a childhood being well-lived.
Do you ever stop in for a quick sandwich to give yourself a break while running errands?