Over pizza tonight at Brookside Park, Elvis and Lydia shared how they are going to live next door to one another when they grow up, and they will visit each other every day. We asked where we will live, and they said that we can live next door, too.
Brandon said, “Lydia, you can buy John’s house, and Elvis, you can buy Tyler and Alicia’s house (our next door neighbors).”
Elvis interrupted, “No, I’m going to buy a farm.”
“Oh, yeah?” We chuckled. “That’s great buddy!”
“Can I build a baseball field on it?” Brandon asked.
“Yeah. And I’m going to have a garage for my tractors,” he said. “Lydia will live next to me, and you guys can live next to her,” only he said “zur guys” because he’s just that cute.
“What about Henry,” we asked.
“He’s a baby!” he said, “He’ll live with you!”
Clearly, our kids have their futures all planned out.
Published by Sarah M. Wells
Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.
Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.
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