This week was the first week of my youngest son going to preschool. While many of my friends asked me how I was handling it (for the record, I think my smile as I pushed him out the door to go to school was just as big as his was leaving), I was curious (apprehensive?) how his first day would go. He’s been at home with me and the three others children who I watch since he was 10 days old and I couldn’t help but wonder if he would miss being able to sit on my lap “all day” (his words, not mine. Okay, maybe mine and he learned it from me..)
Well, he got home and first thing I did was give him a big smile and ask him how his day was. He promptly answered “good”, at which point, I asked him if I could give him a hug, to which he just as promptly replied, “No thanks. Daddy hug.” This wording, of course, did not mean that he thought I should give his dad a hug, but rather he wanted to hug his dad and not me.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was a little part of me that was bummed he didn’t miss me more during the day. I’d also be lying if I didn’t think, “Well, glad to see that you had such a good day that everything is as it was before you left. Daddy is still the favorite, mommy is just someone who you sometimes allow to put you down to bed. So glad I carried you around for nine months so that daddy could be your favorite person.”
full most partial very little faith that someday I might become the favorite parent in his eyes. Of course, this may require a major role reversal in our household and dad can be the enforcer… (okay, seriously I’m laughing even at the thought of this…) Yeah.. no, looks like this is just going to be how it is for awhile. I guess I should just accept my role and perhaps refine my “evil laugh” and plot making skills (which will inevitable be foiled by the evil overlord speech, also known in the parenting world as lectures.) I just hope that someday they will appreciate my “evil” ways and accept me just like Luke did with his father. (Come on now, at least I didn’t try to eliminate my kids.. and yes, I did just make a Star Wars reference, so they should appreciate that as well!)