It was just a regular morning. Clear and cold; it finally felt seasonal after a few oddly, swampily warm days.
The kids were quiet in the backseat, listening to the Boston Pops’ Sleigh Ride on the radio.
Out of nowhere, I asked, “Hey, guys? I have a question. If you had to say one thing I have taught you, what would it be?”
Silence filled the car. I glanced in the rearview mirror. They were looking out the windows. Solipsism alert! Why would I ask that? I don’t really know. I guess reflections are on my mind, summings-up, reckonings.
“That’s easy,” pronounced Whit immediately. I caught his eye in the rearview mirror and he grinned his gap-toothed smile at me. “Potty training. You taught me that.”
I laughed. Yes, yes, I did teach him that. Grace was chewing her lip. “Grace?” I prompted.
“Well, it is one of two things,” she said. “Split between two. One is noticing things. And the other is manners.” She paused, peering out the window. “I don’t know which is more.”
Potty training, noticing things, and manners. I guess I could be doing worse.
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