When my son was young, they brought him to the bus and picked him up after school. He spent every afternoon with them. I saw them almost every day of the week. Now that he’s a teen and my mother-in law watches my daughter, we seem them almost every weekend. This isn’t enough, but I know that if I need it, I can stop by and feel better. Sometimes going to Ma’s, sitting in the kitchen, and drinking coffee is all I need to make things better.
Unfortunately, with “shelter in place” in Illinios, we haven’t seen them. That’s probably the hardest part of this social distancing – being stressed and not being able to go visit Ma. Luckily, we have Facetime.
My daughter and I were “visiting” with Ma over Facetime when my daughter fell over one of her toys. This was followed by crying and her holding her leg – always a drama queen.
“Should I kiss it and make it better?” I’m not sure why this works for kids, but it usually works.
She struggled the foot or so over to me. I kissed her leg. The crying didn’t stop as it normally does… It took me a moment to realize the problem…Ma needed to kiss it for it to be better. My daughter was holding up her leg to the phone – I just didn’t realize what she was doing.
I put the phone to her leg, Ma blew a kiss, and everything was better. Crying ended. Playing began again.
There are somethings only Ma can make better.