We were driving away from my sister's house and the cousins were being silly as they waved goodbye to each other through the open car window.
"Goodbye, Candy Cane!" one cousin called.
"Goodbye, Lollipops!" my son, Grayson yelled back.
Why they were calling each other "candy" names, I have no idea.
"Goodbye, Gummy Worm!" the other kids were running alongside the car by now.
"OK, that's enough goodbyes," I said as I began closing the window and accelerating away.
And as the window narrowed on the loud departure, my son stuck his mouth by the remaining gap and yelled as loudly as he could,
"SO LONG, SUCKERS!"
With a thump, the window closed and Grayson's words hung in the air like a giant matzah ball.
He slid down into his seat with a satisfied smile. He'd given out the best compliment of all, just in time. And it felt sooo good.
We STILL laugh about that story, now 12 years old. "So long, Sucker!" always brings a happy memory of innocent days and carefree times.
Our Small Thing today has to do with suckers of a different sort. It's been awhile since we've taken out the vacuum, yes, and that truly DOES suck. We should be doing REALLY EASY things that need to be done regularly What have I been thinking??
Today's Small Thing is to vacuum one room.
See, sometimes I put off vacuuming a room like the living room, because I feel obligated to do the entire house. But nothing could be further from the truth. Vacuuming ONE room is perfectly acceptable and even DESIRABLE, because it means that you pay attention to the details. It means that you don't mind getting in there are doing a "quick run through" to make things nice.
How long does it take to vacuum one room? Less time than it takes to make up an excuse not to.
Song of the Day: Lollipop, The Chordettes