Thursday, August 18th 2011
Separation Anxiety, Caden-7yr Style

I promised myself if I got lots done today while the kids were at school today, I’d ignore my to-do list on Friday. Friday, I’d read. Write. Paint my toenails, go to the gym, and stretch out in the sun without any guilt at all because I’d done so much the day before. And so I did. (Tomorrow will be sweet.)

I got MUCH done. There was scrubbing and trashing and organizing and laundering, errands to run and no time to relax and enjoy the silence. All the boys have newly organized, folded, inventoried uniform departments in their rooms or closets. They usually have that before the first day of school, but whatever.  I was running behind schedule this year. Seth-5yr needed a shelving unit for his, so that was purchased and assembled and there are only 7 extra parts that I don’t know what to do with. Success. Sort of. If you’re going to have extra parts, there shouldn’t be 7 identical ones. Maybe 6. Maybe 8. But not 7.

They got dropped off this morning and no one cried. Including me. It’s usually me. Okay, it’s always me. But not this year.

Today was especially hard on Caden-7yr, poor little guy.

Clue #1: He hugged me really, really tightly in the parking lot when I picked him up and then put on a super concerned voice and said, “Oh! Mom? You lost weight! Are you okay? Oh my goodness. Look, Ethan-11yr — look at her. She’s so much skinnier than she was this morning.”

So strange. 

Ethan-11yr looked at me and then said, “Don’t say that. You’ll make her feel bad.”

Also strange. 

My weight is fine. It was also fine this morning. I have no other explanation for this except that Caden-7yr had a hard time being away from his family all day for the first time in a few months.

Clue#2: Seth-5yr approaches, sweaty because he has PE at the end of the day. Caden-7yr starts fussing over him, too, because, “Look at your sweaty hair! My little brother is dehydrated. Oh my goodness.

Clue #3: Caden-7yr mentions that he didn’t see Ethan-11yr at all that day and that was not what he was expecting in second grade.

He completely fails to mention that he almost cut his finger off while playing with his new scissors, because it ‘s the first year he hasn’t had the babyish safety scissors. And maybe he’s not ready for them, now that I think about it. His finger is a mess.  This minor injury is far more alarming than my nonexistent weight loss or Seth-5yr’s sweaty hair or Ethan-11yr’s apparent disappearing act from campus.  But that’s Caden-7yr for you.

Oh my goodness, he’s cute



6 Comments on “Separation Anxiety, Caden-7yr Style”

August 18th, 2011
8:32 pm

That is so sweet. I love that his separation anxiety manifests itself as concern for his family. How many little boys would think that way? So sweet.
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August 18th, 2011
9:57 pm

so well said! he’s a very sweet little guy who blows off anything that happens to him and yet notices and cares about every little thing in other people’s lives. sometimes it’s a necessary reminder to check my own perspective.

Mother T
August 19th, 2011
8:11 am

That is just absolutely precious!

August 19th, 2011
5:25 pm

How precious! Put that in your memory book.
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August 22nd, 2011
4:53 am

Awww…you have a sweet little boy there. Precious! :)

September 10th, 2011
6:34 pm

Is this a middle child thing? This sounds SO much like my sister at that sweet age.

You’ve got the best boys ever.
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