October 31, 2013
By 11:00pm Jourie had fallen asleep. She and Leyanne had school earlier today, they came home at 3:00pm excited, jumped in the shower and started dressing up for the Halloween party. We headed over to the compound, set up my cousin's house to welcome trick-or-treaters, then embarked on a 2-hour door-to-door journey through Jeddah’s humidity.
Afterwards, my girls and their 3 cousins continued the party at home. It was no surprise that I would be carrying Jourie up the stairs when we got home. Leyanne on the other hand said her stomach felt funny and she needed to eat some real food.
She and I sat across from each other at the kitchen table, eating and making conversation. At some point, this happened:
Me: Today I had to make a difficult decision, whether to take you girls trick-or-treating with my friends and their kids or to go with cousins…
Leyanne: That’s easy mom. Family comes first. That’s all you need to say.
Me: How did you get so smart?
Leyanne: At night my brain is able to think of things in the back of my head, like the things here and here and here (as she points to different areas of her head). I’m just able to think about them better, its like my brain turns around in my head but not the actual brain because that would make my head look funny. So basically the information in my brain switches places at night.
I just stared blankly at her sublime, beautiful face as she continued to eat through this explanation.
It’s now 11:40pm. She’s watching Spongebob Squarepants with heavy eyelids. I’m giving her brain a chance to relax.