"Mom, how does the Tooth Fairy fly through the air?"
"How do YOU think?"
"I think moms do it."
"Ah."
"But how can a Mom be a Tooth Fairy?"
"Good moms are lots of things, Princess."
"OH."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Letting Go

The Cuddle Bear, my last child if it's me you're talking to,* started pre-school this week. Here was the First Day's conversation:

TCB: "Mom? Are you going to take me to pre-school? And leave me there? And go away?"
Me: "Oh.....well.....yes. But you already know that Mommy always comes back."
TCB: "No! Are you going to LEAVE me there. And go AWAY."

Ah. I had misunderstood. The Cuddle Bear wasn't worried. She wasn't going to miss me. She had no concern regarding how to navigate a Mommy-less afternoon. She wanted to make sure I was going to LEAVE her there. And go AWAY.

Sigh.







There it is. The face of separation anxiety.







*If you talk to Josh, however, the answer you get might be different. Not that HE feels the need for a larger family. No. He is of the deranged opinion that once all the babies are at school all day I will want to accrue more. He is sadly mistaken.

2 comments:

  1. Oh...I've so been there! What I wouldn't give to have my child grab me tight and cry and tell me not to go. Ah, but I'm afraid that has been neither of my kiddos. It's so hard to not let the rejection sink in, isn't it? In theory we know the "why" behind their behaviors, but it still hurts nonetheless.

    Chris
    www.acrazykindoffaith.blogspot.com

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