* your nine year old asks if you have "ever heard of this thing called a barbie?"
** your six year old occupies himself during supper by making a fence out of a spaghetti noodle for his "pet" ant
*** your boys express sympathy and dismay for their friends who have sisters. I have overheard: "How annoying for you to have a sister. I feel sorry for you"
**** there is no such thing as a leisurely family bike-ride. Bike helmets are thrown on and the boys go charging out of the driveway at top-notch speed peddling fast and recklessly. Their competitiveness is obvious as they fly down the road swerving to miss pot holes and narrowly missing each other. As I peddle along, far behind everyone else, I wonder what it will be like when they start driving...dread.
***** it is pure delight when your boys surprise you with a fist full of "flowers." They know that flowers thrill me and they will search high and low for a bouquet.
****** Its an honour to be a mother of all boys!!