With a thoughtful look every morning Declan makes a declaration. After stating the ever-present, “Mom, I got a question.” The statement for the day ensues.
“Today I am going to make green sparkle slime.”
“Today I am going to have a Pizza party.”
“Today I am going to have a costumes challenge. I am going to wear every one of my costumes today.”
“Today I am going to make an exploding volcano.”
“Today I am going to have a Pringles challenge. We are going to get different kinds of Pringles and I am going to guess their flavors after eating them with my eyes closed.” (Just so you know, he only likes plain Pringles. Every other flavor is labeled “disgustin”)
“Today I am going to throw a Halloween party.”
“Today I am going to be Santa and wrap presents.”
His declarations are not usually too complicated. Some require a little work.
“Today I am going to have a playdate with Poppy. You can drop me off so we can play, and then you can come pick me up a few hours later. I will pack my toys.”
After a quick affirming text to my dad, Declan prepares for his play date and another “Today” has come to be.
“Today Max (Bobby’s friend) is going to come over and have a sleep over with me. We will eat snacks and sleep in sleeping bags in the basement.”
That one didn’t happen.
And neither did the one he astounded me with yesterday.
“Today, I am going on a date.”
“A date. Here, tie my tie.”
“You have to wear a tie on your date?”
“Who are you going to ask out on a date?”
Declan looked thoughtful for a minute.
“Evie? Who is that? Does she go to your school?”
“Who is she?”
Silence. Okay, let’s move on.
“Where are you going to go on your date?” I asked while tying the tie.
Silent in thought, then,
“Oh, okay.” Nice choice. Not too spicy.
“You can come too. You will pay for us.”
“Oh. Okay.” I finished the tie and put it around Declan’s neck. “Can I take your picture? You look handsome in your tie.”
“Yes. Please send it to Evie when you ask her to go on a date with me.”
I take his picture.
“Declan, look at the phone.”
I stop for a second and ask, “Declan, will you smile?”
“No, I have to wear this face for my date picture,” He says and points to his head.
“Why?” I wondered.
“It’s my kissy face. For our date.”
“Muh, muh, muh!” Declan demonstrates.
“OH! Right.” I smile and suppress a giggle, “Nice kisses and kissy face!”
“Okay. I am going to take my tie off. Send those to Evie, and I will go on my date later.”
The tie still lies on the table where he left it. I guess we will do that “Today…” some other day 😊