I got to spend some quality time, alone, with just Drew yesterday. He was recovering from some little virus that kept him home from school Monday, and all the girls had school, so it was just the two of us. It occurred to me that he and I haven’t had any real time alone in about four years. He was just a little guy when Annie and Izzie were born and has had to share all of his life with siblings.
We started our morning riding back from taking Annie and Izzie to school talking about WHY Anakin turned to the Dark Side and WHY the clone troopers were good, then bad. It was a very deep, philosophical conversation, and I tried to couch it in terms of patience, greed~you know, the usual reasons why someone would turn to the Dark Side. Anakin/Darth Vader is his FAVORITE character, which is on one level cute, and another level, disturbing (for the record, Han Solo has always been my favorite). He is quite obsessed with Star Wars, having been given a couple of Star Wars Lego toys from his friend for his birthday, and then a selection of toys from one of Meg’s friends. We got him the soundtracks to the original movies for Christmas and he listens to them all day and night long.
After a quick snack and a couple of games of Angry Birds (his other obsession~watching me play and being my cheering section) he grabbed some toys and set up shop in the living room. Given that we don’t have a Death Star or Millennium Falcon, the Batcave had to suffice.
Later we colored in a Christmas coloring book, and talked about his favorite things about kindergarten~he loves math and his favorite specials are library and PE. We didn’t have very long to spend together, only a couple of hours, but it was so nice to just spend time with my little boy.