We are working with Emma on time. For the last few weeks she has been waking at 5:30AM. I’m just grateful she isn’t also waking us at 2:00AM. It’s all relative. She has an analog clock in her room and we’ve discussed how she isn’t to wake us until 6:30AM. Two nights ago she appeared at exactly 6:30AM. “It says six and three and zero,” Emma announced before claiming her place next to me in our bed.
This morning however she appeared at 5:30AM and when I said, “Hey Em. It’s too early. Look at the clock. Do you see what it says?” she didn’t answer. “Look Em. It says five thirty.” I sat up and pointed. “You have to go back to your room. You can come back when it says six thirty.”
“Six and three and zero,” Emma confirmed.
“That’s right Em.”
Moving very slowly, she wandered back to her room, or more accurately, out of ours. When Emma reappeared later she said, “Make cereal and toast?” Then she corrected herself, “Dadddy? I’d like to make cereal and toast, please. May I have some cereal and toast?”
After breakfast she ran back to find me. “Mommy!” she said bouncing up and down.
“Hi Emma. I’m coming out. I just had to take a shower.”
“Mommy! I miss you,” she said, leaning her head into me.
“Oh Emmy! I miss you too. Whenever I’m not with you, I miss you!” I told her.
She beamed at me. “I miss Mommy.” Then she pointed at me and said, “Mommy and me,” she pointed to herself, “go into the living room together.”
“Yes. I’m coming. Do you want to wait for me? I’m just getting my shoes on.”
“I’m waiting,” Emma said.
I live for conversations like this. I take for granted so many things, little quick conversations I have hundreds of times throughout a day, and yet, this one with Emma will carry me through the day like nothing else could or would.
Waiting for her school bus.
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