I love it when my allegedly mature children become old enough to act like kids again. Spence, 18, proved his ability to embrace his childish nature when we went to the dentist recently. We've been going to the same dentist, a friend from church, for at least 10 years.
Spence and I had our teeth cleaning at the same time. I usually hang out in the room while the dentist does his exam and proclaims that everything looks good. This time, the dentist explained the steps to take out Spencer's wisdom teeth.
Then the hygienist said to Spence, "Want something from the prize drawer?"
The prize drawer was always a big hit when the kids were young. They pull open the drawer and find small toys they could take home.
"Got any bouncy balls?" Spencer asked. And he loped his 6-foot, 4-inch frame into the room with the prizes. He came out with a multi-colored rubber ball and this little telescope.
When you hold the telescope up to your eye and look through it, it provides a fly's eyeview, reflecting things 10 or 12 times in a circle around the edge.
We walked in the door at home and Spencer laid his prizes on the counter.
"Hey, what's this?" Tucker asked.
"I got it from the prize drawer," Spencer said.
"Why don't I ever get to choose from the prize drawer," Tucker, 16, asked.
"Yeah," Grace, 20, chimed in.
So I guess maybe they're all old enough now to act like kids again.