Love knows just what to do

By Mir
June 12, 2008

It’s funny, because when I wrote about our dinner out and subsequent dessert demolition in the last post, several of you commented that you wish you could’ve seen it. And then I realized that I really wished I had given better description to what the kids did; I titled it “dueling spoons” but that was really a misnomer, because in fact, I have rarely seen the kind of cooperation they showed when it came to scarfing down that dessert.

It was rather like watching Jack Sprat and his wife share a plate, actually. There was no squabbling. There was no “SHE GOT MORE!” or “HE’S EATING MINE!” or anything like that. Monkey—my chocolate monster—ate most of the cake. Chickadee—for whom the perfect world would be coated in vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce—ate most of the rest. It was perfect harmony.

And then—despite my misguided titling, and incomplete description—people started asking for a picture, and Otto was reading through the comments yesterday when suddenly he threw his hands up in the air.

“You know, I HAVE a picture!” he declared. And we started laughing, because OF COURSE HE DID.

Monkey ate the cake.

Chickadee ate the ice cream.

Otto snapped a photo as their spoons continued to clatter in the now-empty bowl, trying to get up every last morsel of chocolate syrup.

And I just sat there laughing, because everyone was playing their role, and it was—in that moment—perfect.

The Great Cake Massacre

Happy Love Thursday, everyone. Sometimes love moves mountains, and sometimes love licks the platter clean (and secures photographic evidence). It’s all good.


  1. Megan

    And never forget that love comes with chocolate – even if it is the non-sticky, metaphorical variety.

  2. Jules

    who got to lick the bowl?

  3. Lori

    Awe…isn’t that so nice when you get to experience the kiddo’s getting along? It’s those moments that feel so perfect…I cherish those perfect moments!

  4. mommytherobot

    awww…. that is perfect. its like the universe decided to give you a big hug that night.

  5. All Adither

    May these good moments sustain you through the not-so-good moments.

  6. Veronica

    So, all you really need to foster co-operation is cake and icecream. I like it!

  7. Aimee

    Harmony can be found in cake and ice cream!

  8. Beth

    That’s exactly what I was picturing, except my mental image didn’t have an orange crayon by the plate :-)

    Although I am a little surprised to not see someone licking the plate or using their fingers… I would have!

  9. jennielynn

    I like how the motion blurs their little hands. Too funny.

  10. jennielynn

    And let’s have three cheers for Otto. The man is amazing.

  11. The Other Leanne

    Everybody stop looking for a minute so I can lick that bowl.

  12. Headless Mom

    Remember this moment (and the dessert!) for the next time they are about to kill each other. $4.99 is a small price to pay for family peace.

  13. EmmaC

    I always forget about Love Thursday (ok, truthfully, I forget that it’s THURSDAY), and then I get to the bottom of your post and it’s like a little surprise. Oh! Love Thursday! Oh! Hugs all around!

    Thanks, Mir!

  14. Sue

    I love that Otto! (Again.) Happy Love Thursday back atcha.

  15. Astrogirl426

    Yay for the Chick and Monkey – they’re both my kind of kids, as the perfect world for me would be made of chocolate cake and covered in ice cream and chocolate syrup.

    Although, like you, I would have been too busy laughing/staring in awe at their cooperation to have battled for my share of the dessert.

    And yay for moms who know that life is made up of those little special-treat moments. After all, what’s dinner without a little dessert once in a while? Yay for you and the o-man – both amazing parents!

  16. Cele

    Oh mi, you guys are fun to watch.

  17. Katie in MA

    See? Chocolate DOES fix everything! (well, except maybe the size of my waist. Details.)

  18. BlapherMJ

    Mir – I finally made it over here from WorkitMom and love the posts I’ve read! As a single mom of 3 kids I identify only too well with your fun times of family togetherness. :-) There’s something about sweets to smooth things out…..

  19. Jen

    Awesome shot!

  20. Shalet

    Isn’t it great when everyone gets along?!! Happy Love Thursday!

  21. Flea

    Sometimes love shares. How wonderful is that?

  22. Lylah

    I love that Otto got a picture… how perfect! Happy Love Thursday…

  23. Kirsetin

    You’re totally right. It’s ALL good. Enjoy the weekend.

  24. Asianmommy

    Ohh…how sweet!

  25. Lady M

    And now I’m hungry and don’t even have the excuse of being pregnant.

    Happy Love Thursday to you! And I hope that all this traveling back and forth during the summer goes as smoothly as it possibly can.

    Are you planning to go to BlogHer? I’m guessing no, since you went to the Business conference already, but my sister is coming this year, and it would be fun for her to say hello to another pal from the ol’ hometown.

  26. katrin

    Wish I’d been there to see the happiness on the kids faces!

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