In his 11 years he has managed just two overnights without a bigger sibling around, and those were only just barely. One was at grandma's house, and even though his little brother was there it almost didn't happen. At bedtime he called begging to come home. He was little. Well, smaller than he is now.
Another time was when we were at the beach and I had to come home. He and his brother stayed overnight with grandma in the hotel. That was last summer.
Earlier this year he tried to spend the night at grandma and grandpa's house and didn't make it. Grandpa ended up bringing him home.
So tonight is a big deal. His football team has an overnight at the Boys and Girls Club, a night of basketball and foosball and video games and munchies and pizza. None of that is a problem, but is there a bedtime? He's not a night owl in the least and our thought is there's a 50/50 chance we'll be hearing from him between 11 and midnight.
Then again, maybe he's got a big surprise in store. And perhaps he'll finally get to spend an overnight with grandpa and grandma too.
They'd love that.
They've been waiting 11 years.
UPDATE: SUCCESS!!!! I'm sure it helped that he was up until 3:30 a.m. playing games, and does 4 hours of sleep really count as a "sleepover"? I say yes. Yay!