I stumble out into the living room, bleary-eyed, to find 7 year old sitting on the couch, reading Artscroll Tanach. He is dressed.
"Wow, you are all dressed!"
"Yes, and I davened. It is easier to daven than just to say Birchot haTorah."
I glance at the kitchen table. A box of cereal is sitting out, next to an empty bowl. He already had his breakfast.
What a pleasant surprise!
Some days our kids will disappoint us, let us down, embarrass us. Some days they will surpass our expectations.