My Favorite Time of Day

He’s looking for me when I walk up, straining to see around the other kids and the tall adults. When he spots me, he smiles and heads right for me.

As soon as he gets within earshot, he starts talking:

Mom do you know what?

Mom, I found a book with George AND Katy No Pockets in it!

Mom, can I look at the book when we get to the car?

Guess what? I was sort of bad at school today, but actually it was a great day I mean.

And guess what? Gionna was the baddest at school today because she laughed at me when I dropped my book box. That isn’t even kind.

And guess what? There is a kid named Brennon who sings “Pharaoh, Pharaoh” with different words. Isn’t that weird? I didn’t tell him it’s weird though.

Hey mom, guess what? This is my apple chart. This one goes up to 100. That number is so big. Actually 1000 is bigger, but I don’t know how to write that yet. But I bet I will soon.

Guess what? I got a coupon for a free pizza because I read every day in October.

And mom? Can I just say something? I was really hoping I could pick a piece of my candy for a snack when we get home.

Hey mom? Can you carry my backpack? This book is pretty heavy and I’m not done looking at all the different illustrators in this book yet. I think Daddy is going to be excited to read one of these chapters tonight.

Mom! You forgot to take all those posters out of your car! I bet you couldn’t carry them all because you didn’t have me and Charlie to help you out like on the other day at your school.

And it goes on.

And on.


I love it. All of it.

Some days I forget that he was a late talker. That he had no word for me until he was nearly three, only two short years ago. Especially when he says things like, “perhaps you and daddy can take turns reading the chapters in my new library book.”


He kills me every day from the minute I pick him up to the second his dad and brother get home.

It’s my favorite time of day.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Oh how I have missed seeing your posts and reading about your little crew. I am so glad to be back in the swing with a new place though. My middle was my late talker and then one day he just started talking our ears off. Guess what at 18 he still hasn’t hushed lol. Enjoy this time when they want to tell you everything. Seems like anymore life and social influences teach them to be less honest a whole lot quicker.

  2. Adorable! My Q is the same way. He emerged from the womb talking. It can get exhausting, but I love every word. These are memories you will always treasure.

  3. Mine too. I love hearing about how everybody got in trouble and what she ate for lunch and when she asks me what I did at work that day! I love knowing that I’m teaching manners, conversation and that SHE’S LEARNING IT. ha

  4. I bet that is the most adorable thing. Henry talks a lot too, and he was the latest of our talkers. They must be trying to catch up. 🙂

  5. Adorable! I love that you have a record of your conversations with him. Kids say the most hilarious things! My youngest loves to say literally and apparently…in pretty much every single sentence.

  6. I remember those days! Keep having those conversations and if you’re lucky, he’ll continue through the teenage years!! (Mine did!)

  7. I love this. All of this.
    I enjoy all my conversations with Scrumplet, he’s such a talker. I can’t wait until he’s Eddie’s age and he’ll be talking my ear off, I’m sure of it.

  8. So sweet, the way they want to fill you in on every little detail. It’s like they dare not take a breath.

    Mine still do this. LOVE.