Yesterday Haven asked (again) if he could stay home alone. He's been asking for a couple of years now, and the answer has always been "no". Well, he's a very mature 9 and 1/2 year old and for some reason yesterday I said yes. I decided to leave him home with Marlie and Seamus while I ran to pick up lunch for everyone. 15-20 minutes tops.
I informed Seamus and Marlie that Haven would be in charge while I was gone. They agreed. Haven practiced calling me on my cellphone before I left. He was a little nervous, but excited about the responsibility. He asked me to turn on the house alarm when I left, which I did.
While I was in line at In-N-Out Burger (which by the way is the BEST burger place in town thankyouverymuch), I got a call on my cellphone from Haven. He told me he accidentally tripped the house alarm. Though it took a few tries before I understood him because the house alarm was so loud. I told him to find one of the keypads and I walked him through the process of turning it off. This took several tries, as again, the alarm was so loud he had trouble hearing me. But he succeeded! Apparently he had wanted to take some trash out and thought I had bypassed the front door alarm.
Poor guy... first time he is left alone and the alarm goes off. I returned home (with those yummy burgers) to find a clean family room. He had made up a "Let's clean up for Mama" song, and together the three of them put all the toys away. He then informed me that he made everyone's bed, including mine, while I was out. All the surprise clean-up explains why he wanted to take some trash out. (though I made it clear that I will not be bypassing the front door when he's home alone)
He was so worried that he messed up his first time home alone. But I told him over and over how proud I was of him, and how he did a fantastic job. Sure he accidentally tripped the alarm, but he had the presence of mind to call me and was able to handle the situation calmly. By the end of the day, he was pretty proud of himself as well.
Marlie and Seamus did a fantastic job following Haven's instructions. Apparently the three of them played games together, danced and sung songs after the clean-up was done.
My biggest boy is growing up. But most importantly....
I need to leave the house on my own more often!