1. The spankings they DONT get in spite of the many threats and warnings
  2. The milkshakes and sundaes and toasted bagels with four different toppings
  3. The endless stories and jokes I sit through with rapt attention after 14 hour work day and three hour commute
  4. The time spent moisturizing and braiding or twisting seven miles of curly hair
  5. The never ending breakfast burritos and pans of ziti I make for my son
  6. The backache I get from cleaning their room and sorting Legos instead of pitching them all in the trash
  7. The finger that is permanently warped from filling and tying their water balloons
  8. Every penny it cost to take them to Disney.
    Well worth the expression on their faces ...pure joy