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The Gate

The Gate

the gate

“Hi, Mama!”
“Hi, buddy!”
“I have a ‘uprise for you. Inside.”
“You do? Cool!”
“Uh, Anna?”
“He had . . . he wasn’t really . . . himself today. He kept saying that he wanted to go to the toy store. That he wanted you, and that he wanted you to come back.”
“Oh no. Really?”
“He took the family picture of you guys with him to nap time.”
“Oh no!”
“It wasn’t constant.”
“Oh dear.”
“Just, on and off. We couldn’t figure it out.”
“See, Mama? Is for you.”

“Wow, thank you buddy! Did you draw this for me?”
“Yes. It’s a gate.”
“It’s a gate?”
“Yes, a gate.”
“Like that gate, buddy? The one where I come when I’m going to pick you up?”
the gate
“Yeah, mama, like that gate.”
“I missed you today, buddy. Did you miss me?”
“Mommy, I want to go get my milk.”
“OK, you go get your milk, and I’ll sign you out, OK?”
to mama


“So, today, buddy, maybe you can draw a picture of when you ride bikes with your friend, Jackson, or something, OK?”
“No, Mama.”
“Why not?”
“Because why?”
“‘acause I draw crying.”
“Because you’re going to be crying?”
“No! I not going to cry! I not going to be crying!”
“Oh, good. Why would you draw crying, then?”
“”acause I draw you. I draw Mama.”
“You’re going to draw me?”
“Yeah, I draw Mama. ‘Acause I draw Mama crying.”
“But why am I going to be crying, buddy?”
“‘Acause you going miss me, Mama.”
“Ohh. You’re right. I am going to miss you, Buddy.”

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Comments (16)

  1. May 26, 2010


  2. Sucker punch to the gut. My kids have done the same. Makes you want to hug them & well, cry.

  3. May 26, 2010

    Oh MAN. Little buddy. So sweet and sad and … oof.

  4. May 26, 2010

    “‘Acause you going miss me, Mama.”

    He has no idea how much.

  5. May 26, 2010

    Jaysus. Low blow here. Where’s the internet bile? Where did it go, dammit? I cannot handle these emotion thingies.

  6. May 26, 2010

    Ugh, melt. Love the drawings. That was too much.

  7. May 26, 2010

    OMG — over the top heartbreaker, that one. (I have one too. Nothing beats little boys. Nothing.)

  8. May 26, 2010

    Yeah. What am I going to do once this kid is like 16, and really well-versed in the art of emotional manipulation? This is just his hardwired natural gift we are dealing with here, at age 3.

  9. May 26, 2010

    Mr. Right-Click seemed to be rather proud of him for this. Bastid.

  10. May 26, 2010

    Yeah. Just wait, you, until yours really starts talking.

  11. May 26, 2010

    Until he has his own kids, I suppose.

  12. May 26, 2010

    You have to keep them guessing, see.

  13. May 26, 2010

    I know. And the teachers just had to add the captions for me, in case I didn’t get the narration.

  14. May 26, 2010

    I have to imagine the dynamic is different with the little girl. Equally sweet but different, yes.

  15. Michele
    May 26, 2010

    To the heart.

  16. May 26, 2010

    One of my 11-month old twins just figured out how to balance while standing just long enough to throw herself at Mom when she is trying to leave for work. I’m sure it will be worse when they start talking.

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