Role Reversal

This evening, I hollered to my children that I was going for a walk.  An astonished Mimi came bounding up the stairs wanting to know if I realized it was already dark outside.  Then she demanded to know who I was going with.  (Apparently I’m not allowed  to go by myself)  When I told her it was our neighbor Kelly,  she relaxed slightly.  

Then our Little Mimi  insisted that I take my cell phone with me.  She quickly double checked to make sure that it was on and fully charged before she would let me out the door.  As I was tying my shoe laces, she reminded me to bring a flashlight so that the few cars out would be able to see me. 

With a grin on my face, I informed her that my flashlight was in the car and I would stop to get it on the way out.  She replied that I had better and that she would be watching from the window to make sure that I actually did.  (She sure is a bossy little thing!) Shaking my head, I obediently retrieved the flashlight from the car and headed toward the road.  I didn’t get very far before my little girl started rapping on the window.  She gestured that I was to actually turn the flashlight on as I walked through the neighborhood.   Of course,  I complied with her wishes as I didn’t want her to worry about me while I was gone.  Not only that, she would probably chase after me! (Is it bad that I turned the flashlight off once I got out of sight?)

When I safely walked in the door after our invigorating walk,  KT was waiting for me.  She immediately pounced on me and  demanded to know why I hadn’t told her that I was going for a walk.  Then she went on to tell me how unsafe it was to wander around outside on a dark and wet night…

You know, I’ve always teased our girls that they would be in charge of taking care of us once they were grown up and we were old and gray.  It never occurred to me that they would take the idea so literally.  Nor that I could already be considered old and gray…

Today I am thankful for….two sweet girls that care for me enough to fuss over and nag me about taking a simple walk after dark

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