Tonight will make another first for Timothy. He has been invited to a friend's house for a Birthday Sleepover Party. While Mom is worried that the timing, the night after the candy frenzy of Halloween, is not the best, he is so excited. I spent a little bit of time in the preceding days educating Timothy about being polite and respectful in someone else's home. I am sure he will be. But I cannot help myself to wonder, will he sit at the table, will he not pee on the toilet seat, will he use nice language, will he not talk too much during what ever amount of sleep he gets. Tonight will be only the fourth night in a calendar year that Jack and I will be on our own. These times are precious. I do not think parents especially ones raising little ones with learning and behavioral challenges get enough of this respite time. I know we have not. Frankly, its a bit ironic because I seem to recall our few nights alone as a couple were spent primarily talking about Timothy. I guess that is to be expected. I am sure the most important aspect of all this is that Timothy was invited, he is going to experience a right of passage for young children, and most of all, it will be fun.
Postscript: The sleep over went really well. He had a blast and now wants to have one for his birthday in 2014. Oh boy…get ready!