Wednesday, October 17, 2007

lions and tigers and bears

I've been working a lot of late nights lately, nights that keep me away from M. Last night I arrived home right at bedtime and M did me the honor of flying out of the house and racing barefoot across our cold lawn screaming my name joyfully. She throws herself in my arms and hugs me wildly before leaning back and saying:

M: Why you work so late mommy? You help people go sleepytime?
Me: I am sorry baby. I am sorry I am so late.
M: Because if people sleep outside they might get eaten by dinosaurs and monsters and bears, right? You help them mommy?
Me: I don't think they'll get eaten baby, but it is hard to sleep outside and we don't want anyone to have to sleep outside especially when it's so cold.
M: Yeah. It's cold and I think they might be eaten. You do good job mommy. Me no like being eaten.

Yeah baby, me neither. And thank you for understanding. I appreciate it more than you know and promise with all that I am to make up for all the late nights just as soon as I can.

39 comments:

Janet said...

Hey! I'm first.

That's a sweet little girl you have there, Jen. And wise.

Amy York said...

Janet's right... she is sweet and wise. I just want to hug her! ;)

Beck said...

Oh, you have a darling little girl.
And she's right: someone has to keep all of those vulnerable people from getting eaten.

BOSSY said...

You should bottle that kid.

Sober Briquette said...

She's pretty brave, especially if she really thinks there are dinosaurs out there...

kristen said...

that kind of love, that bond...nothing else matters and it gives perspective doesn't it?

ewe are here said...

Oh my!

(Well, someone had to say it.)

What a sweet wee one you have.

Lawyer Mama said...

What a sweetie pie your little Miss M is. What a sweetie pie.

Aliki2006 said...

I love coming in late and having my kids run to me, face aglow. It's amazing.

flutter said...

She is a doll, just like her mama.

Joker The Lurcher said...

she will remember this with pride when she is grown

Jennifer said...

The innocence of little ones -- and yet the knowing what is right and what is wrong, just because they know -- just blows me away. What a sweetheart you have. Lucky mama, lucky little girl.

Pendullum said...

SAhe doesn't fall far from the tree!

Tabba said...

the two of you just melt my heart like butter.

Mrs. Chicken said...

You're doing a good job at home AND at work, from the sound of this exchange.

And what is it about being eaten? The Poo says that all the time.

Kyla said...

Oh, she is a sweetie.

thailandchani said...

I'm glad she understands.. and will also be glad when she doesn't have to....

:)

Ally said...

Holy cow, she is the sweetest child EVER! Print out this post, do it now. Keep it for always.

KC said...

I so heart M. She understands.

Julie Pippert said...

I love that she worries b/c what a huge heart. Also, it amazes me how kids can so concretely verbalize that sense of danger and worry we all know.

slouching mom said...

Oh! So precious of her!

mitzh said...

M has your heart.
And that is so wonderful, you are both wonderful... (((hugs)))

painted maypole said...

"you do a good job"

Truer words were never spoken.

bgirl said...

what a sweet soul, my heart just melted over here.

meno said...

It's a wonderment what that child understands.

Family Adventure said...

YOU are a very lucky mom...but SHE's a lucky girl, too.

- Heidi

kgirl said...

Sounds like M is just as sweet and caring and beautiful as her mama.

FENICLE said...

Ah, what a sweetheart! She does sound just like you....very caring indeed.

PunditMom said...

Lucky mommy!

Casdok said...

Yes very lucky!
How lovely!!

Momish said...

Her undertanding and empathy does not surprise me one bit!

mamatulip said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?

(Have missed you. I'm trying to get back into the 'sphere.)

Karen Forest said...

What a girl! You have raised her to be an empathetic person such as yourself. Is there a greater gift?

Christine said...

sending love to you and m

cce said...

It's such a double edged sword. While you're valuable and needed and doing a wonderful thing working in your field you are also feeling the sting of personal sacrifice. I suspect it hurts you more than it hurts her. Kids are resilient and forgiving and often don't internalize the things we think they do.
Sounds like she's already forgiven you the need to be elsewhere at times. Now it's time to forgive yourself.

crazymumma said...

ahh M. May the world be a better place due to the work of your mum and those like her. May your grown up world be a kinder place.

sweet dreams.

ps. Lions and tigers and bears and dinosaurs won't eat you. They just want to play.

b*babbler said...

What a beautiful little girl!

Susanne said...

She's so sweet. She shouldn't be afraid of getting eaten though. On the other hand that seems to be totally age-appropriate.

I hope you don't have to work those long hours for long.

The Holmes said...

That is so incredibly sweet.