On Tuesday I was helping Hayden get ready for Scouts as he was close to being late. As I'm stripping his shirt off, and in the process of putting his uniform on, he says the following:
Hayden: "Mom, I noticed the other day that I've got a new smell."
Me: "Like what?" (slightly distracted and trying to hurry)
Hayden: I got a new Man-smell. You know, like a grown up man. When I sniff myself, I smell like Dad. Kinda like dirt and sweat mixed together.
Me: Huh? (chuckling at his description)
Hayden: (in his most serious voice) "I think I'm turning into a man already."
Me: (smiling & laughing at how cute he is) "Hold on there Sparky. Puberty is still about 3 yrs. away. And I do hope you grow up to smell as good as your dad. But for now, enjoy being a boy. And take a bath when you get home!"
Hayden: "K. Bye, Mom."
And then he was out the door and biking off to be with a bunch of other 8 yr. old man-boys.
Those are the moments that make motherhood so worth it. So worth staying home and being a part of their lives, their conversations. I never know what they are going to say next! Usually it's something hilarious, and totally unexpected. It's so fun getting to see who they really are, and who they are becoming. Raising kids is fun!