This morning Reagan came upstairs and sat at the table and sighed.
I asked him what was up. He said: "Mom. I'm going to adopt kids when I grow up."
This started quite the interesting conversation. What I love most about it is the obvious reality that he has already put a lot of thought into it. It just made me wonder what ideas and calling is God planting in his heart right now? It also made me realize what a sweet-tender hearted little boy I have...and I am so.so. thankful for that.
This is how our conversation went:
R: Mom, I want to adopt kids when I grow up.
M: Yea? That would be wonderful. There are a lot of sad children in the world who need a happy home. What made you think of this?
R: I don't know. I was downstairs playing the game.
M: What game.
R: You know. The game where I adopt a lot of kids.
M: Oh. That game. Do you feel it in your heart.
R: Yea. I do. I feel it in my heart. I want to adopt a lot of kids.
M: When you say 'kidS'. How many are you thinking?
R: Six. I'll pay $600 for them. $100 each.
(For those of you adopting, wouldn't that be great??? $100 to adopt???)
M: Six. Wow. Six kids is a lot of kids. But there are a lot of kids that need a home so helping six kids would be great. Are you going to have a wife to help with them.
R: Nope. I'm going to take care of them alone. I'm going to buy a van.
(So moms are easily replaced with a van? Who knew?)
M: Oh. A van. Good idea to drive all those kids around in. Well, who is going to take care of your kids while you work if you don't have a wife?
R: I'll go to the bank.
M: To work? or to get out money?
R: To work. I'll take the kids to their aunt while I work. And sometimes their Uncle Riley.
(Not sure if they know their involvement in raising 6 extra kids)
M: Good idea. Good thing you have a great sister who would help you with your six kids.
R: Or maybe I won't work at a bank. Maybe I'll work for a bike race and then I'll just home school the kids.
M: Wow. You are good. Working full-time, raising 6 kids alone, and homeschooling. There are going to be 6 very lucky kids some day.
R: Well. I'm going back downstairs to play my adopting game again.
I have no idea what this sweet little boy's future holds. I can't wait to see what will come. And I truly hope that he does adopt 6 sweet little children someday.
The rest of it could be negotiable.