Was this an early morning hallucination?
I went to get the boys up at about 6:45am, and to my amazement, they were both dressed, shoes on, backpacks ready and on the porch, had had breakfast, and were playing together quietly. That's the rule, and they met it! It's stunning how much easier our mornings are when they cooperate. Not only do we have a great deal more time, we have joy, freedom to think, room to smile and laugh and new will to live. When they're cooperative like this, it underscores how incredibly draining and miserable our usual mornings pushing them every step of the way are.
I sure wish I knew how to reproduce that magic, because it was good.