Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Parental Paycheck


Have you ever had a parental paycheck? No, it's not a huge amount of money although that would be nice. It's the thing that makes you feel like you must have done something right because your child has done something that makes you so happy? Well, I just got one yesterday...


Chaz and Zion have been bothering us for the last couple of weeks to get their bikes ready so they can ride the 1 3/4 miles to school and then back again. A total of 3.5 miles-wish I had that desire and energy. Anyway, eventually we got it done and their first ride was yesterday.


So as I was driving home from work I thought I would check up on them and see how they were doing...yes, I was a little worried. They had almost made it to the 4 way stop when I spotted them. I pulled into the strip mall and watched them as they stopped. Chaz hopped off his bike, threw his backpack on the ground, and hunched over as if he was about to drop dead. He was huffing and puffing. Then I noticed Zion was missing her backpack. I yelled out to them to see if they were okay and asked Zion where her backpack was. She said, "inside Chaz's backpack." Chaz walked over to the car and I asked him why he had Zion's backpack inside his. He replied, "her backpack was so heavy for her so I put it inside mine. I also have both of our locks (Jasen bought them bike locks that weigh about 5 pounds each) and my sweathirt in it." It probably weighed a good 20 pounds. I was so pleased with him.


There probably isn't a better feeling or parental paycheck than for a parent to know that her children are taking care of each other on their own free will and choice. I love my children and are grateful for the sacrifices that have allowed me to be their mother.

9 comments:

The Baker Bunch said...

Awesome! It's amazing what brother's and sister's will do for each other. I love it when my kids do something nice for each other, it's rare, but it does happen! I'm also glad you have a blog!!!!!!!!! Love ya! Hea

Nani & Boys said...

Good post Jo! Love the analogy - Parental paycheck! Chaz is a very kind hearted boy! Both of your kids are so good to my boys! Good job on the blog - yours looks better than mine did when I started!

Melanie said...
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Aundrea said...

I'm so glad you have a blog now! We were so happy to get to see you for awhile last week. Come up and visit soon!!

Nani & Boys said...

Still waiting on your next blog! Come on girl!

Jennie K. said...
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Jennie K. said...

Ahhhhh...Auntie Jennie must have taught them something right! (I'll take the credit!!! LOL) Love ya Chaz and Zion! (U2 Jo and Jay).

Hannemann Family said...

You guys have such good kids, Jo! Chaz seems like the best brother! But you guys also have good parenting! I've seen it! :)
I hope that my kids will be good to each other like that one day. Maili used to beat up on Max all the time but now its Payback in our house - Max has grown up and LOOK OUT! He has even made her bleed! Yikes!
I love your blog and I am SO glad that we can keep in touch this way! We love you guys!

Ekins said...

Darling blog and DARLING family as usual. The kids are so grown up but still look so much the same. It makes me miss you guys SO much!
I am glad you are doing well and hope you know we love and miss you!
Always, The Ekins
Matt, Loni, Ava and Baby