There are a lot of fringe benefits gained from living next door to your parents. Among them for us are free and convenient babysitting, delicious Sunday lunch served right after church, free use of a riding mower and access to a wonderful front porch equipped with a swing and lots of rockers.
Last night as I was drying the dinner dishes my mom called me to ask if we had finished dinner.
“Yes,” I replied.
“Have the kid’s had their baths yet?” she asked.
Baths? Ha! Wasn’t really planning on giving them baths.
“Um. No,” I answered.
“Good! Send them over here with their pajamas and I’ll give them a bath while you and Dan run to Dairy Queen.”
An impromptu run to Dairy Queen! What could be better than a quick trip to Dairy Queen with no kids?
We got 45 minutes of uninterrupted talk with each other. We got to listen to bad 80’s music in the car without anyone yelling for us to “turn on my songs”. (Why is it that all stations insist on playing "the best of the 80’s" on Saturday night?) We got to eat without having to wipe melted ice cream off of anyone’s nose or ear. And best of all, when we got back home, our kids were clean, in their pajamas and ready for bed!
If anyone of you ever has the chance to live right next door to your parents, I highly recommend it…almost as much as I recommend the Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard at DQ!