There are definitely perks to parenthood, especially as children start to get a bit older. Maya helps herself to her snack, carefully taking out two peach yogurts and a spoon and then sitting nicely in a chair to eat them, Itai made pancakes this morning (with some help from dad) , lots of fun things. This morning takes the cake though.
After years of participation in various after school activities ranging from rollerblading to yoga (that was a short one - once he realized he was the only boy he lost interest), Itai decided this morning that he wanted to conduct his own class, and of all things my sports-obsessed boy chose "relaxation". He had me lie down on his bed and spent 15 minutes gently rubbing the tunnel piece (or rather one half of it) from his old Thomas the Tank Engine set over my back and legs in a strangely relaxing form of massage. It would have been practically blissful had the entire 15 minutes not been accompanied by a running dialogue: Mom, you have 8 minutes left. Do you like this? Mom, you have 8 minutes left. Do you like this? Mom, you have 8 minutes left. Do you like this? Mom, you have 7 minutes left. Do you like this? Mom, you have 7 minutes left. Do you like this? and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.
He then went on to do the same thing for his father, and announced that there would now be weekly sessions. Next week's session will involve the flat side of a pen, and the following week a tennis ball (my suggestion that one, as a veteran of back labor).
Of course, my wonderful relaxed mood has been slightly marred by the manic beach ball soccer game that is currently underway in my living room...
On a completely unrelated note, I recieved an e-mail at 4am last night (this morning?), and no, please don't ask why on earth I was checking my e-mail at 4am, that my name was drawn in a contest held by A Year In Bread and I've won (or more correctly my bakesallourbreadhimself husband has won) a signed copy of Daniel Leader's new book Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe's Best Artisan Bakers! Considering that when they told me I'd won there was a bag full of olive rolls sitting on my counter that Jay baked last night using a recipe they'd posted from this very book I suspect it will get a LOT of use around here. Hi to everyone popping over from A Year in Bread by the way. Kick off your shoes, help yourself to a roll and a freshly made iced coffee (my contribution to this morning's brunch) and stay for a while.