It doesn't have to be anything elaborate. Friday, for example, Sun Kissed #3 wanted a snack after school. He not only wanted a snack, but he wanted it packed in a basket. The older two boys were busy playing the Wii so my mind got clicking. I took out some of my grandmother-in-law's pillowcases to line the basket and I packed us a picnic lunch to enjoy in the backyard.
We both picked out a pillowcase. SKB #3 picked the one with the birdies and I picked the one with the flowers.
It was a beautiful, breezy afternoon while we sat and enjoyed sweet tea and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches; counted goldfishes; and did a little exploring by the lake.
Payment for about an hour of my time? The biggest kiss and the longest hug, EVER!
I know that many years from now he won't remember our little afternoon. But I do know that he will look back at his childhood and feel cared for and loved. What else can a mom ask for, right?