Conversation as I tucked Waleed into bed for his nap today:
Me: Did you have fun at school today?
Waleed: I like school!
Me: One day you’ll go to kindergarten, then first grade, and then one day much later, you’ll graduate high school and go to college.
Me: When you go to college will you live with us?
Waleed: Yes Mama.
Me: When you get a job will you live with us?
Me: Oh yeah? And when you get married? Will you live with us then too?
Waleed: No Mama. Then, Waleed go bye-bye
And then we read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. And I tucked him in and kissed him goodbye. And as I moved to get up, he whispered Mama don’t go. Sit down. Stay with me. And then he gripped my hand and I watched him until he fell asleep.
Oy, this parenting journey is forever laced with heartbreaking punches to the gut isn’t it? Yes, one day he will leave the nest, as well he should, but today, he’s my toddler roaming the house with monster trucks and toy airplanes and maybe it’s the knowledge of how fleeting this all is that makes it so heartbreaking. And so very beautiful.