Since it’s just down the block from their school and I needed to go anyway, I asked the kids to meet me at the grocery. The timing was perfect and I drove by them unnoticed. But I saw them–laughing and teasing with each other as they strolled down the block. It was a proud mother moment.
Things have been tough with the pre-teen and I was afraid the obstinacy and anger were permanent, but maybe they are just reserved for me. Whatever. It delights me to see them happy, together.