I remember when I sent Dimples off to first grade. It was his first year in school for a full day. I longed to sit down with him after school over a homemade snack and chat about his day. I just knew he would share his excitement for learning, his hopes, and his fears with me. I couldn't wait to bond with him about the hours he was away from me. I was certain he was going to miss me and long to spend some time with me.
What? Stop laughing.
So, he is a boy. I forgot about that minor detail.
He came home, snarfed down his homemade snack while mumbling something about wishing he had Cheez-its instead, and begged to watch some mindless TV so he could "shut off" his brain.
Yeah, it was a really special warm-fuzzy moment.
The next day I bought a box of Cheez-its and set a bowl in front of the TV. He was happy and I had a clean kitchen.
I quickly learned that my boys need some down time when they arrive home after a long day at school. They are usually ready to open up around dinner time. They really do talk, share, and open up to us, it just doesn't look quite the way I thought it would in my "Leave It to Beaver" head. (Minus the pearl wearing Mama, 'cuz I am lucky if my shirt matches my sweatpants.)
But, today (my boys' first full-day of school this year) I felt the need to dig out my dusty pearls, put on my diamond studs, and bake.
No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
That's OK, we will chat over dinner.