Last night, Gabriel had his first sleepover in several years. He had a few in D.C., but since moving here, he's been taking his time getting to know people well enough to want to have a sleepover with them. So, last night was his first sleepover since he was 8 or 9.
The kid he had sleeping over was the same one he had the long discussion about the Iliad with (post of which I apparently, accidentally, posted on my other blog). They have a lot in common. They get along well. I knew that his friend, E, likes "Monty Python." I had been thinking that Gabriel would, too, so I suggested that E bring it along. The evening went something like this:
E is really good with younger kids, and Xavier and Dominic love him. So, the boys all played together until it was time for the little boys to go to bed. Thank you, Gabriel and E! Then, Gabriel and E settled in to watch "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." They came upstairs for drinks, but that was about it. Then, at about 10:30, Gabriel came up to ask if they could play Wii. Apparently, he is not aware of the 'rules' of sleepovers. For sleepovers, anything is on the table. Whatever you want to do, if it is normally allowed in this house, even if usually allowed only in limited quantities, is allowed. If you want to watch T.V. all night, go right ahead. If you want to read all night, go right ahead. If you want to go in the kitchen and make me some oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies. Go right ahead. I heard them go to bed at about 1:30.
Gabriel was up right on time. He just cannot sleep in. He is getting better. At least his normal time is no longer 6:30. E is still asleep. I don't get Gabriel. I totally get E. In my opinion, the sleepover was a success. We'll see what the boys have to say about it. In the meantime, I'm glad it happened. Gabriel needs this aspect of childhood.