Have you ever had one of those moments when you and your spouse, simultaneously and without speaking, unite to deceive your kids?
Maybe deception is not the right description. Maybe it’s more like deceptive distraction.
Last weekend, we were on our way to soccer when we passed by our neighborhood holiday party. There was hot chocolate, a game truck and Santa! The kids plastered their faces to the window as we drove by.
Fast forward an hour and half, we’re pulling back into the neighborhood. As we round the corner, Randall’s and my eyes catch sight of red. It’s Santa! The party’s still going on! In a split second, all these thoughts go through my head: It’s Sunday evening. I need to get dinner. It’s late. We all need to bathe. We have chores to do. It’s already been a crazy weekend, plus it’s COLD AND RAINING!
Randall must have been thinking the same thing because as he turns his head to look at me we simultaneously point to something on the OTHER side of the street. Randall says, “Hey kids, look at that fallen tree!” I come up with, “Hey, look at that big squirrel’s nest!”
The kids whip their heads around saying, “Where, where?”
We drive safely away and smile warmly at each other, in victory.