I woke early this morning to tidy up the kitchen. Ok..the truth is I was exhausted last night and left all of the dishes sitting on counter and was faced with scrubbing away the residue of last night's stir fry. Being a pro at multi-tasking, I had the phone up to my ear and was chatting away with my cousin Andrea. That's when I heard the gate unlatch from the basement playroom. Soon followed the grunting and groaning of a little man carrying up something to play with. From the corner of my eye, I noticed that Jack chose the Sit and Spin to lug up the stairs.
I continued to chat with Andie about my plan for the day and when the kids would be starting school. Just as she started to tell me about a side job she had taken on, Jack starting laughing...deep, belly laughs. She said, "What is Jack doing?" I told her, "He is in the kitchen on the Sit and Spin." I chuckled and said, "I wish that was the most important thing I had to do today! Oh, to be a kid!"
Moved by Jack's joy, I grabbed the camera from the office, phone still glued to my ear and snapped 5 pics.
Not deterred by the camera...
Or his uncombed hair...
My little man kept spinning away.
And in these few moments, I felt like a kid, too. I was living it with him.
After 15 minutes or so, the children moved on to an art activity at the kitchen table. I walked past the Sit and Spin on my way to office and wondered if I still had what it took. I climbed on and cautiously gave it a whirl. Nola, with surprise in her voice, yelled out, "Mom what are doing?" Then both she and Jack laughed as I goofed in front of my children. I asked them if I was doing it right and Nola giggled before saying, "Yes, but you are moving soooo slow."
The truth is, I do not have what it takes to be a Sit and Spin master. I was dizzy and motion sick within just seconds. However, my kids thought it was fantastic and I made the front page of the "Nola News." It is her personal newsletter created with stolen pieces of paper from Daddy's fax machine. I didn't even mind that she drew me as a frog. I was just happy to make the Thursday edition..confirming that I am cool, at least for a little while longer, in her eyes. Who knew the Sit and Spin would turn out to be the most important thing I did today.