Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith

Hugs and kisses make everything better.

Yesterday evening, just over an hour after coming home from work, Maggie left for Savannah to preside over a hearing for one of our more needy clients. She stayed overnight and will be home sometime late this afternoon / early this evening. I was out with D last night at his place, we watched the lunar eclipse with some friends on his front lawn. When I got home, I went to check on the kids and they weren't sleeping in their beds. Both of them and Nathan were piled up in M&N's bed, which told me then and there that no one was going to sleep well. Those kids will kick your ass all OVER a bed, and poor Nathan was already about to fall off the edge! Flash forward to 7:40 this morning, Cole is crying inconsolably and he and Nathan are arguing back and forth over something, I didn't catch what. What I did hear Cole say was that he only got about 3 hours of sleep.

He went to get dressed for school, still crying, and appeared in the kitchen a few minutes later, red eyed and doing that uncontrollable, spastic sniffle-gasping thing that we all did when we were kids after a crying jag. He walked up to me and threw his arms around my waist, and buried his face in my stomach to cry a little more. I told him he didn't have to tell me right away why he was so upset, because he wouldn't be able to speak clearly enough for me to understand and all that would serve to do is make him more upset. When I asked him what he'd like for breakfast, he whined "I'm... not... huuuuungryyyyyy..yyy.yy...." Did I mention that my poor baby boy does NOT cope well with things when Maggie is out of town?

After a minute or two of him heaving into me and me rubbing his back, he calmed down enough to explain to me why he was so upset. Apparently today is Slipper Day at school, the say where you can wear bedroom slippers instead of shoes. M&N have been so busy lately that they clearly forgot about this and didn't take him to get new slippers, otherwise there's no way in hell he would've been without them. Maggie is spread all over the place, so it's no wonder she forgot - Nathan is constantly on his cellphone with work related issues, so neither one of them is ever not committed to something - so things like this are bound to happen. Nathan called Maggie and they both agreed that since he was already so upset and tired from lack of sleep that it was best if he stayed home today. He went back to bed as soon as Nathan left for work.

Here's where my experience being the kiss-it-and-make-it-better parent comes into play. About 15 minutes after Nathan left, Cole comes out of his room. I knew he wasn't going back to sleep, but will probably get a nap later, so no worries. He comes into my room and throws his arms around me, so I held him for a little while. I told him "You know, just because we can't have slipper day at school - that doesn't mean we can't have pajama day at home." He looked up at my face and smiled, so the tickling ensued and I told him to go to his room and get out of school clothes IMMEDIATELY, there was no school today and therefore no school clothes were allowed. Put on pajamas, grab your pillow and blanket, and park it on the couch in the living room Mister Boy! He trots off to his room grinning, and I start on the blueberry pancakes.

After lunch, he's watching The Goonies and he's going to being lazy while Avery naps. That'll give me the opportunity to get some office work done as well. After this post, I'm going to knock out some cleaning and fix Avery's piggy tails, as per her request.

And once again, all is right with the world.
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