The other day Addie and I had gone to the grocery store. On the way home, we passed by my old house, which is about three blocks from their house. Oh . . to still be living that close to them.
Every time we pass, Addie says “I love your old house!” and she’ll say “I love the bathroom” or “I love the kitchen”. We moved out of that house over a year before she was born! When we passed the other day, she said “I love that back yard!”
Here’s how the conversation went from there:
Me: I love everything about that house.
Addie: Me too!
Me: If I still lived there, your mommy could drop you off and you could spend the day with me.
Addie: Oh, I could just walk. She doesn’t have to drop me off. It isn’t very far.
Me: Do you want me to let you out right here and you can walk home . . just for practice?
(There was no one behind me so I pulled over and stopped while we continued the conversation)
Addie: Hmm . . are you going to drive beside me and go the same speed I walk?
Me: No! I have things to do .. I’m going to go on home.
Addie: No! That isn’t safe!
Of course I would not have dropped her off and let her walk!
When we got to their house, which faces the road we were driving down and then we turn right onto their side street, which is where their driveway is . . I asked her if she wanted to get out there and walk across their yard and meet me at the driveway. Yes . . she was willing to do that so I stayed right beside her and she walked, ever so slowly, to the driveway.
She thought she was pretty big.
Wanda Jordan says
Well I can only say one thing. You are about to have the hardest time leaving you have ever had in your life so far . You are going to cry all the way home then for a couple of days afterwards. This quality time you have had with her and the “kids” is going to mess with your heart big time. I don’t think it will matter if there is ten foot of snow you will be back shortly. Grandkids pull at you heart strings like nothing else except greatgrandkids. So good luck leaving and be careful . This is going to be hard. prayers are with you all the way.
Grandmother 2 grandmother
I am already crying for you. I see my grandson in shorter periods of time, but more often and even after spending a few days with him, I am heartbroken when I leave. I don’t know how you are going to do it after 3 weeks with her. You should rewrite your exit. Anticipate that it will be difficult, so try to program it into your head that it will not be difficult. Try to find a ritual or routine that you can do every time you leave, something that is happy and puts a smile on both your face. Maybe a song to sing or a small dance. Make that the final thing you do, so you can leave without crying and without feeling bad…until you drive down the road and completely lose it, of course, because you know you will and that is OK.
Nelle Coursey says
I love it!!
LOL, it always looks easier than it is when the chance comes along! Too bad your old house isn’t for sale. =)