Hello? Is anyone listening?

From Friday Mom – Jaime:
The other day I was lying on the floor next to where Andrew was coloring. I was trying to edit a brief that we’re filing with the Supreme Court on Friday. Andrew decided that he didn’t want to use crayons when I had a perfectly good pen in my hand, so he reached over to grab it from me and wound up clocking me in the eye in the process.

It was an accident. But it hurt like crazy. I yelled – because I was surprised and in pain, not because I was mad at him… And he started bawling.

Later, I was trying to talk to Andrew about what happened. I was trying to explain that, even though it was an accident, he still needed to apologize when he hurts someone. He looked at me with his serious face. I though he was actually getting in, that he was really listening. Then he cocks his head to the side and says, “Mommy? Did you know you’re standing in front of the W?” (His name was on the wall behind where I was standing)

Okay… so maybe I was wrong about the whole listening thing.

Does he ever listen when I’m talking to him?

Probably not. He’s only three…

But the next morning, I couldn’t drag myself out of bed. I was still jet lagged, sick as a dog, and about to be late for court. While I’m struggling to wake up, I feel Andrew start rubbing my arm, then my shoulder. When I groan over the prospect of really having to rouse myself, I hear: “It’s okay, Mommy. I’m here.”

Maybe he really does listen sometimes…because that’s how I wake him up every morning (other than substituting the “mommy” bit with “baby”).

And now, I have to run. We have to locate the PERFECT thing for show and tell tomorrow… that starts with the letter “w.” (Quick! Anyone have any brilliant ideas?)

Have a great weekend everyone

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