Funny how you can be going along your nightly duties of homework and cooking boring chicken when all of a sudden, BAM, you are suddenly slapped across the face with a big ol' dose of, OH BY THE WAY MOM I'M GROWING UP TO LEAVE YOU ONE DAY.
Just like that.
It all started with an idea I had...
"Pierce what do you think about mommy taking a personal day off of work on your birthday? I could come eat lunch with you at school, and bring some treats! Wouldn't that be fun?"
"Oh you mean, like eat with me in the cafeteria?"
"Nah mom, that's okay."
Mmmmmm k, not gonna lie, that stung a little bit, and he saw the sting in my eyes and hugged me to make me feel better. How sad is that? He's hugging me for giving me his honest answer. So I real quick like put on a happy face about it all, and then of course moaned about it to Paul, who always knows what to say...
"He doesn't want me anymore!"
"Yes he does Gretchen, just in different ways."
SERIOUSLY, WHY ARE MEN SO LEVEL HEADED AND LOGICAL? Just once I want Paul to have a hissy fit about something so I can tell him to dry it up.
And just as I got over all of that, my phone rang...
"Is Pierce there?"
UM. WHAT. Did a small voice just ask to talk to Pierce? Am I in the twilight zone? Didn't I just give birth yesterday? Didn't he just cry for me as I dropped him off? IS THIS REAL?
"Yeah hold on a second"
And for the first time in his little life Pierce took a personal call, from a friend.
You guys if you would have seen his face when I told him the phone was for him.
IT WAS GREAT.
He could not hold back his smile.
And then for the next 20 minutes I listened to my little boy carry on one of the cutest conversations in the history of conversations.
All about games, and Pierce's sister, and Braden's little brother and how funny they are, and well it was all so innocent and sweet, I mean how can I be sad?
We want our kids to grow up and be independent, but who knew that getting there could be painful for us momma's?
And just like that, he's one step closer to growing up.