Lily texted me this morning to say that Maggie was snuffling and had a little fever and did I still want to come over to stay with the kids for a little while?
Jesus Christ. This old brain of mine had completely forgotten that we'd discussed this on Sunday. As in- day before yesterday.
I told her I would be fine and I will be. Hell, I've been around August and Levon and they've had what was probably the same thing. So off I went at noon to hang out with my Hartmann grands who needed an official adult to watch them in-between Lauren leaving for work and Lily getting home. Driving over there was a treat because it's so beautiful here right now. Gorgeous skies and leaves putting on their fall colors.
Owen promised Lauren before she left that he would make lunch for all of them and he did. He made ramen noodles and I was so proud of him when he told Maggie- now you drink the broth this time. It'll be good for you because you're sick!
And she listened to her big brother.
While they were eating, Gibson and Maggie tried to teach me how to play Labyrinth and then Owen chimed in and even with all of their help and reading the instructions, I was still a bit vague about it. I finally said, "Let's go outside, it's too pretty to stay indoors." They all agreed that that was a fine idea because Maggie was accusing Owen and Gibson of being wrong in their stupid rules and they were telling her she was cheating and, well...let's go outside!
It was cool out and Maggie said she wasn't cold but I knew she had to be so I took off my moth-eaten cashmere sweater and buttoned it around her and she loved that because it was so soft. She did so much swinging.
"Clean?" I asked. "For who? For what?"
Hopefully we'll be eating outside but I suppose I could do a little fluff and stuff, as Lis calls it. No matter what I do or don't do, it's going to be complete chaos within five minutes of everyone getting here with so many toys scattered about that no one will even be able to see the dust.
That's my theory, anyway.
Oh hell. I forgot to buy rum.