It's not the first time I've been asked to do so. I'm sure it won't be the last.
However, two things struck me as odd when Middle came in and asked me that a few minutes ago.
One, this is the duck that was missing last night and had her in tears as a result.
Two, it's 15 minutes until bedtime.
"Um, isn't he going to sleep with you? I mean, of course I'll babysit him, but..."
Middle, already trusting that my answer would be yes, was now at the bedroom door. "Yes, he's going to sleep with me. But he wanted to spend some time with you."
That was all I could come up with, but I guess my dopey smile made up for that, because Middle smiled sweetly in return and walked away.
And Duckie and I are cuddling.
I'll take it.
I've been trusted with the most important thing in Middle's life.