I am continually amazed by my 6 year old.Â I am sure the fathers of other 6 year old’s can relate.Â These little ones are stronger, and in many ways more mature, than many older folks who are suppose to be mature!
My wife, along with my 3 year old, left for Korea yesterday.Â They will be gone for 5 weeks.Â Her mother has cancer and is entering into her last month of chemo treatment.Â Her mother has not responded well to it, and my wife feels an obligation to care for her (all the other family members have taking their turns).
Because my older child is in 1st grade, she stayed behind with me.
I watched her the other day patiently explaining who was going and staying to her younger sister.Â Her younger sister started crying and protesting that her older sister had to come with her.Â My older girl, Isabelle, took her younger sister’s hand and continued to calmly explain why she was staying.
Yesterday morning Isabelle woke up, found her mom, and hugged her fiercely for a few minutes.Â She said to her mom, “you’re leaving today for Korea.”Â I could see her fighting back the emotions, being brave.Â I think she understood she was not going to make it hard for anyone.
We dropped her off at school, and then I took them to the airport.Â I worked late and thought Isabelle was already well asleep when I turned in.
This morning, as I walked her to school; Isabelle casually mentioned that she heard me last night and that she didn’t get a lot of sleep.Â She stated she was thinking of mommy and that it was snowy and cold in Korea.Â Again, I could see she was being brave.
After school, we called her mom and Isabelle was so happy to talk to both her mom and baby sister.Â She promised her mom that she would do her homework and eat and all that.Â I was and am and will always be very proud of her.
As for me, a day has gone by and I miss my wife and younger daughter.
about 33 more days to go…
I’ve written before that love is verb.Â It is an action verb, not a passive verb.Â
For all the ups and downs of a relationship – our relationship…
It’s been a day, and I miss her…
I hope that all of you have someone that you miss so much after a day…
A person who on some days require a lot of “action verbs” but when you are apart; 33 more days seem to stretch to eternity.
Wow, only 5 more weekends to go (sounds a lot better than 33 days)!
I’ll stop now, before my babbling gets incomprehensible.