It struck me this morning that being a mom is a lot like playing "Follow the Leader". I went down to the basement to put a load of clothes in the dryer and Malachi and Israel came trickling down after me. While there I realized that my washer was becoming dirt encrusted around the top, so I went upstairs to get a paper towel.
"She's going upstairs!" said Israel, and they trooped right after me up to the kitchen.
Then I turned around and took the paper towel back down to the basement, where they of course followed me again.
This morning I got plenty of enjoyment out of them following me up and down repeatedly, especially sicne it takes them longer to get up the stairs, only to find when they got there that I was going back down. I had to chuckle inwardly about that one.
This kind of thing happens a lot. If I got to the bathroom, they want to come too. If I lock them out of the bathroom, they sometimes beat on the door and wail for me to let them in. If I go upstairs, they are sure to follow, unless they are distracted. Even then it is only a matter of time. If I'm gone for more than a few minutes, they want to know what I'm doing.
Sometimes even Aaron will follow me around the house when he's home. That part is kind of cute, actually. It lets me know that he still likes being around me, even after six years.
In a way, I guess it lets me know that they all like me, and they just want to be with me, which is nice. It's encouraging, especially when I know that at times I'm probably not so nice to be around. Sometimes I lose my temper with the boys, and more often, they lose their temper about every little thing that doesn't go their way. Between me yelling at them, and them screaming at me, it could become difficult to tell whether we like each other at all. And then they follow me, up and down, down and up, up and down. That's as good as an "I love you" for me.