Since Elder started kindergarten, I have always worked my schedule so that I was with the boys before and after school, except for the two years I worked part-time at the local army installation. But, now, for the next few months, I am again working part-time at the local army installation.
And, Monday, I had four hours of training and would leave with my husband long before the boys were awake for the day.
So, Sunday night, I told the boys, “I won’t be here when you wake up in the morning.”
“Okay, Mom,” they responded, their eyes never leaving their Smash tournament taking place on the television screen.
I finished some laundry then wandered back into the living room, halting behind the sofa. “Okay, well, good night, I guess.” I paused, folding my arms tight against my chest. “I won’t be here when you wake up in the morning.”
“Yeah, okay, Mom.” Neither one glanced in my direction, buttons clicking beneath their busy fingers as their Nintendo characters engaged in an apparently fierce battle. “Good night.”
I sighed. “Night. Love you.”
“Love you, Mom.”
And I retreated to my bedroom. “I worked hard to be here every morning their whole lives,” I told my husband, grumpily. “And they can’t even act sad about tomorrow.”
My husband offered that tolerant smile he has when he thinks I am being less than reasonable. “They’re eighteen and twenty-one,” he reminded me, gently.
“But I was supposed to get something out of it, too,” I wailed.
I guess he didn’t think that was any more reasonable, judging by his patting of my head.
They understand nothing.
And I am surrounded by them.