rainy Sunday

everyone has a sugar hangover today.

Erik and I went to a party last night. Gotta love the post-Halloween fest– I just surveyed all my friend’s costumes on the 31st and stole the best one for the 1st. Thanks Brenda. Erik went as a polygamist, which I found so creepy that I could hardly stand to talk to him. Hmm, let’s go for Superman next year, ‘k honey?

Arriving home, my repentant polyg swept the kitchen floor and came up with this:

Scary, huh?

I may be easygoing about Halloween candy consumption but clearly they have descended to rank slothfulness. Not cool.

It’s kind of a depressing day. Rain poured all morning and battered the roof and windows at church. Driving home from church it was already twilight. The dark short days of winter have arrived. But we made a big pot-roast dinner, played tag and UNo and made the best of it.

As bedtime approached, I looked at the two sinks filled with dirty dishes and spilling onto the counter in every direction. “Who’s on dishes?” I asked.

Ben waved his hand from the computer desk where he was fiercely typing away at a paper on The Scarlet Letter.

Without pause, Stefan abandoned his book on the couch and strode to the sink, “I’ll do them. I was on table setting and that’s pretty easy.”

And he did. Filling the sink with steamy, soapy water, he scrubbed dish after dish– crock pot, mixing bowls, saucepans, two skillets from pancakes, dozens of plates and bowls and piles of silverware. I moved around the kitchen straightening and sweeping, completely awed by his simple, quiet kindness.


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  1. jennie w.

    November 3, 2008

    Can I adopt him? Cause I have a houseful of lazy loafers (including me).

  2. Erik

    November 3, 2008

    Halloween is meant to scare people isn’t it? My costume worked. Next year…

  3. Michelle

    November 3, 2008

    no way Jen– he’s all mine!

  4. StubbyDog

    November 3, 2008

    You guys look great! But the polygamist would creep me out too LOL.

    Love your boys.

  5. Annie

    November 3, 2008

    Who needs more wives when he’s got you?! I’ll bet you had him convinced before too long…

    You’re raising those boys right, you two! Such a great moment.

  6. Jan Russell

    November 4, 2008

    Too bad there wasn’t a sister wife at home to do that sweeping – LOL. I was vacuuming Nerds out of the couch, myself today.

    Stefan is amazingly thoughtful! (And he always leaves me the cutest messages on my blog, too! ha!)

  7. Jan Russell

    November 4, 2008

    P.S. – you look fantastic in your costume!

  8. Linn

    November 4, 2008

    Oh that sweet, sweet boy.

  9. Alyson (New England Living)

    November 4, 2008

    I love your costumes! You are so cute!

    What a super, wonderful brother. I hope my kids do something like this some day.

  10. Chelle

    November 4, 2008

    Hooray for parenting pay days. That was a good one.

    And you know how I feel about polygamy, BUT I must say that you and I would have a ton of fun if we were sister wives. : D

  11. Ken

    November 4, 2008

    Stefan understands what a family is all about. I love him, but won’t arm wrestle him any more! Love, Grandpa

  12. Melissa

    November 4, 2008

    I have tears in my eyes! You have the most thoughtful caring sons. They are such a testament to your own giving and loving ways. I’m constantly in awe of your family.

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