Off to see the grandbaby, because she's turning one and she'd notice that we weren't there... right?
No, TBG, it's not a surprise party.... although we did have fun with that thought after you verbalized it. According to our daughter, "it can't be a surprise party because FlapJilly doesn't know what a party is."
I disagree with that - the party is wherever SHE is!
And that, dear readers, is in Illinois. I am still creating birthday gifts and doing laundry and haven't even begun to think about packing, but that all paled when Little Cuter called this morning, with a mommy question.
"Talk me down off a ledge, please," came right after her subdued "Hi" ... the Hi with the tremor right behind it. That tone clutches at my heart and sends my stomach into my throat, but I calmly tell her that I have nothing else to do but listen, and help.
That's the same kind of story Michelle Obama told me in my hospital room when I couldn't stop crying. As she held me in her arms, tubes snaking everywhere, my face leaking on her from every available orifice, she patted my back and cooed in my ear. "That's okay. Just cry it out. We've got nothing but time."
The leader of the free world and his spouse had nothing else to do right then but listen to me weep. I believed it then and I believe it now, just as my child believes me when I say that I will listen until she is no longer in need. That kind of belief keeps us going in the most difficult of times; we're lucky to have it.
And so I listened and she talked and she wondered and we planned and she listened and we shared memories and agreed that trust your gut is the most important rule of parenting, and she went off to do just that.
She called back fifteen minutes later. With her questions answered and her anxiety relieved, she could worry about ruining a birthday party for a human who doesn't know what a party is.
We laughed. She went on to work and I had my nails done and I worked out and I shopped for last minute essentials and came home to finish the laundry and pack.
There may be a lot of picture posts next week.... I'm warning you in advance. An adoring set of grandparents will be fawning over the most perfect little human on the planet, and we might just have to share.