When Meaghan and Nicolas started taking the metro by themselves to meet up with their ride to school, one of our main concerns was that Nic, (8) would behave for his sister (11). Troy talked to them about teamwork, and Nic took that very, very seriously.
Today, we were on the way home from hanging out with our team. Nic sat across from Troy on the metro, and said "Dad, when we get home, I want to talk to you for a little bit."
Troy raised one eyebrow at me and we exchanged a secret grin. I leaned back and said behind Meg, "What do you want to talk to Dad about?"
"I'm keeping it sort of a secret."
"You only want to talk to Dad about it?"
"Well, maybe you too."
After we got home, Nic followed Troy into the office and solemnly shut the door.
"You know, how when we started on the metro, we did good teamwork? Well, I was thinking that maybe, when Meaghan walks the dog, maybe I can go with her, to do good teamwork. You know, I can make sure no cars are coming, and stuff."
"You want to go with Meg when she walks the dog?"
"Yeah! You know, for good teamwork."
"Do you want to try it right now? OK, well, ask Meaghan what she thinks about it."
"Right now? OK, I'll come back and tell you about what she says."
Exit boy, door closes, more shared smiles between Mom and Dad.
"She said YOU (Mom) were going to walk the dog now."
"Well, tell her you want to try it out now."
"She said she would think about it."
Enter Meg. Lexi stands up and puts her paws against her, pleadingly.
"Look at her, she is saying PLeeeeeeeeeeeeez, take me out Meg"
Exit girl, boy, dog.
Mom's heart explodes.