Right before George left months ago to catch a seemingly endless amount of Alaska halibut and blackcod quota, our family took a little three-day trip. On that trip, I went to a small bookstore and bought a great hardbound journal entitled “My Quotable Kid: A Parent’s Journal of Unforgettable Quotes.”
I’ve entered a few quotes from each child, including these:
“Vincent, I’m in charge, and you need to follow my directions.” –Eva (4)
“Momma, I hungry and firsty.” –Vincent (3)
The most recent quote was spoken by my 4-year-old Eva from her car seat on our way home from running errands.
“Momma, remember when I was really young and Daddy was here? Remember I used to sit in his lap and read books? And we’d watch ‘How It’s Made’ on television and Vincent would fall asleep in his lap?”
Stunned for a moment, I quickly regained composure and smiled.
“You are still really young,” I said. “And Daddy will be home again. You will sit in his lap to read books and watch ‘How It’s Made‘. And I know he can’t wait, either. He told me so.”
I hope that was the right response. Would you have replied differently?