Our second grade son has a summer birthday. That's no big deal until you're that kid who gets to watch all of their friends have party after party in their class during the year. With the end of the school year wrapping up and summer break deliciously peeking it's head through the window - he was bummed out that he wouldn't have a class party. Little did we know that his teacher planned a wonderful idea each year. She had one big "Summer Birthday Party" for any students who wouldn't get to share their special day with their classmates otherwise. Christian was ecstatic. The party would have ice cream sundaes, balloons, party hats...the whole nine yards. Families were invited to help celebrate so I dressed our three year old daughter in her party dress while our four year decided to go as a "Transformer." (Bumblebee I think) The party was outside with melting ice cream and sugar high kids running around everywhere...kid Heaven. Towards the end of the fun, Christian quietly asked if he could have his sister sit with him for a minute. At first - I naively thought this was the sweetest thing he had ever done. He wanted to spend his special time with his baby sister and share his party with her. He talked with her and hugged her, all while one by one, little girls in his class came up to gather around them. Little "Awwwwww's" and "Ohhhhhh, she's SO CUTE" started to bubble from the group of eight year old girls. Christian tried to hide his smile as my mouth dropped open at the realization of what he was doing...using his little sister to "pick up chicks." For a split second he made eye contact with me with the biggest expression of "Look Mom! It WORKED!" on his face. I didn't know whether to be angry or proud. I leaned over to one of the moms and said, "Do you see what my son is doing?! This is SECOND GRADE!" She laughed and said, "You know boys! Just wait until he gets into college and wants to buy a puppy!"
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Adam and Bea live in North Carolina with their three boys and a girl, Christian 14, Ethan 12, Preston 10 and Lauren Elizabeth 8 years old.