I tucked Tornado E to bed after he stayed late volunteering at school. His brothers were fast asleep.
Me: I love you.
Tornado E: I love you too.
Me: I’m so proud of you. I’m so lucky that you’re my boy.
Tornado E: I’m lucky to have you as a mama.
Me: You’re going to do amazing things one day.
Tornado E: Thanks, Mama. You’re going to do amazing things too.
Me: Thank you, baby.
Tornado E: Mama?
Tornado E: You need to brush your teeth. Your breath stinks.
Tornado E: …
Tornado E: Goodnight, Mama.