I hear his voice from the other room–the voice that suddenly seems so old to me, even though in real time he is six. He’s not six to me. It still feels like I just got him, and that he miraculously and freakishly aged from a newborn to an actual person who reads in some science fictionesque measurement of time and space. He’s new and old all at once; his voice big and small.
“I’ll be right the-”
He comes bounding in the room, looks me straight in the eye.
“How ’bout we go outside and play football? I’ll be the official and you can be the tackler. I’m the official because I know how to play football the best of you and Jimmy and me and Dad. Well, Dad’s a little better but he’s at work so I will tell you who wins.” He tucks his hand up under my elbow and sweetly curls his arm around mine, “Thank you for my pancakes, Mama. They were yummy. Can we have more pancakes for dinner? (jumps into robot voice) Pancakes for every dinner ever!!!! (jumps out of robot voice) You can even give me spinach. Just not inside the pancakes, but I’ll eat cold spinach next to my pancakes. Mama, can I have a kids’ show? Jimmy already got a kids’ show and it’s not fair if I don’t get one too. Jack at school loves the Blackhawks.” His cheek is pressed against mine when he starts singing, “We will, we will rock you! Sing it…” I can’t see him but I know he is making his rock out face. I mean, really, how can you not when singing that song? “What are we gonna do today?” I can feel his little stinky breath near my ear as he tries to cuddle in closer, “how ’bout we have some tea?”
I love being privilege to his loveable ramblings, especially when he is in such a cuddly mood.
But here’s the thing.
I was sitting on the toilet.
A half a dozen topics covered, including meal planning, and not once did it occur to him that it wasn’t the time or the place.
So forgive me, dear future son, who will undoubtedly beg me to trust your judgement, who will likely groan with every caution I give on your way out the door, who will insist you know just as much, if not more, than me. Forgive me for thinking you are still brand new. Forgive me, but you didn’t even notice that I HAD NO PANTS ON!!!
So sorry, kid, it may be hard to trust your judgement.