A boy is excited about an early morning excursion with dad, too excited to eat breakfast, and a mom, equally excited about a mom-less excursion, pours herself another cup of coffee and doesn't push her breakfast menu. A mom packs snacks for a boy who will surely be hungry once on the road, snacks a boy will reject when a better offer, namely chips and a sports drink, is made.
A mom fixes lunch for a boy with blue stained lips, but a boy is still too excited to eat. There are stories to share with friends and neighbors. A mom will let a boy go share these stories because it means a little more quiet time, which she gets very little of and enjoys very much.
A mom wrestles a spray bottle out of a boy's hands, lest she be sprayed in the face again, while a boy yells that he doesn't want to go to swimming practice. A mom knows that a boy should go to practice and fulfill his commitment to his team, and should not spray her in the face with a spray bottle, but will realize that a boy, high on excitement and blue electrolytes, has not had a square meal or a dull moment all day long.
A mom knows what a boy really needs is a little time with a shovel, a chicken hug or two, a bath, a real meal, and a bed. A mom and a boy need to put to rest a day that got away and prepare to chase a new day.