This morning during an early spell of boredom he decided to unload the dishwasher and reorganize my tupperware cabinet. Hooray for me!
A few hours later when I was up to my ears in packaging 25 lbs of raw chicken, he helped me wrap, tape and toss into the freezer, all 21 little packages. Again...hooray for me! And without him, we would have used plain old white tape instead of the more colorful and bold blue that he picked. He's right. It does pep up the freezer a little.
This afternoon, he thought of a plan for a make-ahead breakfast to save me time tomorrow morning. "Can I use some tin foil?" "And can I have some bread?" "And I'm going to need the step ladder."
Finally, at 3:30 when he could stand it no longer and there was nothing left in the house that needed his attention, I offered to take him to the pool with a friend.
Oh, how I love this clever, busy, thoughtful 11-year-old who lives in my house! And oh, how grateful I am for an opportunity to have him all to ourselves this week.