Things My Boys did at Tonight's Dinner

  1. 1.
    Chewed with their mouths open only some of the time.
  2. 2.
    Picked apart a salad with their fingers, but did not object to a salad being on their plates.
  3. 3.
    Played with butter knives and the bottle of Ranch dressing, but waited until the conclusion of the meal.
  4. 4.
    Listened to their father's daily telling of an embellished tale.
  5. 5.
    Were respectful to each other.
  6. 6.
    Peacefully transitioned to post-meal homework.
  7. 7.
    Took some more small steps toward someday being ready for release into the world.