Thursday, August 26, 2010

He Calls Me Mama

Yesterday I was fired. In a fit of five year old rage he fired me. Stomped his foot and fired me.
"Fine." I said. "I have some things to do in town anyway, and I didn't want to have to take you with me."
"No, Mama! The police will come and you will go to jail if you leave me here!"
"Well, I guess you can't fire me then."
He looked at his toes scuffing the tiled floor. "Well, you're still fired. Just don't leave, Mama."
So I went to read a book. I was bring a little selfish, too. A whole book. While the sink sat full of dirty dishes and the dish washer was full and un-run.
"Mama?" Chapter 12. "Can I have some applesauce?"
"I don't know. You fired me."
"Then you won't care."
And I didn't.
"Mama?" Chapter 25. "Can I sit on your lap?"
"Am I still fired?"
"I guess not."
"Sure, climb up here. But try not to wiggle. I'm reading."
He slipped his thumb into his mouth and toyed with a wisp of my hair. His breathing slowed and deepened, and the wet thumb slipped from between his lips. Chapter 31.
I sighed and shifted his weight. Only 3 more chapters to go. Never mind that my left arm was asleep from the elbow down from the weight of his sweaty head. I was almost done.
I closed the back cover of my book and hefted us off the couch. I carried my boy to his bed and tucked him in.
"Night, Mama," he mumbled as I kissed his mop of hair.
"Night, Love," I replied.

*While not entirely true, this story is inspired by actual events, and he does call me Mama. He's the only one.


KleinsteMotte said...

Awww That is so precious.I think it's a good thing to let a little one cool down. You're book wa a good read or you'd have given up long before night tome.

Gramma 2 Many said...

So what part is fiction? The part about him falling asleep? By the way he calls me Gramma and he has never fired me:)


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Elena said...

I just want to know what book was so blasted good that you read the entire thing in one sitting!? And a couple of my kids call me Mama too, I think its adorable.

Moments 2 Treasure said...

Love it!

Could he please teach Matthew to say, "Mama"?

Frizzy and Bird said...

Love this post. Yaya calls me Mama too and when she does it just gets me right there. Ya know?

We've had a rough couple of weeks. If Yaya could have fired me I'm betting she would have done it. Maybe more than once. LOL I'm not saying I wasn't ready to fire her as my daughter a time or two either.

Jane said...

Awww too sweet! Sometimes I can't stand meltdowns but I am mostly firm on most episodes. I have been fired a couple of times too. I was told that she may need to purchase a new mommy. It was surely funny, but it hurt a bit too! lol!