I’ve been out of town a lot lately. Hallelujah for the creators of Skype and Facetime. I’m not really sure how people did it back in the day. Leaving my kids is hard enough, but to not be able to see or talk to them? I simply can’t imagine.
Our kids have a way of toying with our emotions while we are gone. I’m not sure how they figured it all out, but they’ve got it down to a science. They must have secret meetings because I’ve talked to a lot of parents who agree with me and experience the same phenomenon.
They do two things.
1) They manage to sound as YOUNG as possible on the phone. Seriously. I always feel like Bug is such a big boy, but when he’s on the phone, I can almost barely understand him, he sounds that small. It tears at my heartstrings to hear that itty bitty voice saying “I love you mama, when you be home to read to me?”
2) But they also manage to grow at least two inches and amass like 30 new vocabulary words while you are gone as well. HOW DO THEY DO THAT? We’re not talking like I was gone a week…3 days people! In a few days, Bug is conversing in crazy sentences and Miss E is walking with major confidence, attitude even. Neither was happening when I left.
My favorite sentence from Bug as I’m packing up my stuff for the second trip – “Oh mama, you are so ridiculous!” I didn’t even know he knew that word existed! Guess he does.
Kids are crazy; we knew that already. But I am bound and determined to get to the bottom of this baffling occurrence.
Maybe I can find the password to their clubhouse. Who’s with me?