"You have a beautiful family" he said turning all the way around in his seat to see us better.
We ate our deli sandwiches in a small corner of the store
completely absorbed in keeping 8 servings of turkey and tomato
from slipping out from between 16 halves of French Roll.
I adjusted Aloria nursing under a blanket in crook of my arm - the arm not occupied with my own lunch.
The dad of our family snatched a large bite while juggling between two toddlers:
A bite for you.
A bite for her.
A bite for me. a bite for you. a bite for her. a bite for me.
The performance was executed with the grace and ease of a trapeze artist.
He was the one working hard today, that man o' mine.
"Clay get me a napkin please." "Zack fill these cups with water." "Have a piece of chicken Sue?" "Olie chew with your mouth closed." "One more bite of potato?" "Did you finish your sandwich?" "How many have you had?" "Please wipe your mouth. And forehead. And not with your sleeve... please."
Then there were the cookies. The crowning glory to dinner-on-the-run with dad.
Pinwheels. Chocolate covered marshmallows and crumbs. At least that's a lot of what's left
when the frenzy is over. Crumbs. And chocolate covered fingers.
Even when I'm sitting right there, I'm never quite sure how chocolate ends up on the forehead?
I had to admit though, we were having a nice time and it was pretty peaceful.
For a circus.
And entertaining, I had to give the old gentleman that!
It was as complete a show as you could hope to have
without being charged admission.
He had come to that cozy deli in the corner for a bit of supper while his wife shopped for groceries
but he got his fill and then some.
I smiled to myself
"Yep..." he said.
"...it was the biggest mistake I ever made, not having more."
When I thought of being a mom, I never dreamed of THIS! ~Five heart melting smiles ~never getting tired of midnight feedings ~having all the answers ~not minding dirty faces ~enjoying watching the boys eat! ~falling in love with pigtails ~appreciating overalls ~appreciating a washing machine! ~wanting to do everything better ~falling in love a million times