This morning, driving to school:

Riley: “Why’s that guy going?”

Me: “Hm? What guy?”

Riley: “The guy in the song.”

I listen: Quasi is playing on KEXP, singing “I’m never coming back again, I’m never coming back again. You can’t close that door for forevermore, I’m never coming back again.”

Me: “I’m not sure, sweetie.”

Riley: “You’re not going, are you?”

Me: “What? Me? No, of course not.”

Riley: “And Daddy’s not going?”

Me: “No, no. This is just a song. Someone else wrote it.”

Riley: “You’re going to stay forever, right?”

Me: “Well. I’m going to be around for a long, long time.”

Riley: “And you and Daddy aren’t ever going to do like in the song.”

Me: “No, no. We would never leave you, ever. Never in a million years. We’re a family, right?”

Riley: “Yeah.”

Me: “And we stick together, right?”

Riley: “Right.”

Me: “Is there a reason you think we might leave?”

Riley: “No . . . it’s just that this song is kind of a sad song.”

Me: “Should we listen to a different song?”


Me: “Lady Gaga it is. Hey Riley?”

Riley: “What?”

Me: “I love you.”

Riley: “I love you too.”



71 Responses to “Reassurance”

  1. Sara on May 14th, 2010 11:20 am

    Best. Conversation. Ever.

  2. wordygirl on May 14th, 2010 11:39 am

    Oh, that picture. When did he become a BOY and not a baby? And such a sweet, smart, and sensitive one, too. What a treasure!

  3. Amy on May 14th, 2010 2:05 pm

    Awwww…little boys are so sweet!

  4. amber on May 14th, 2010 4:07 pm

    If it’s possible he gets cuter (and looks more like you) ever time you post a photo. SIGH.

  5. jwoap on May 14th, 2010 5:46 pm

    *smile* you have amazing children and you are an amazing mom. And before you get all “oh gosh” on me. Just stop for a second and be still with your wise mind, take in the compliment, feel good about it and go on with your day:)

  6. JAB on May 14th, 2010 6:29 pm

    Print this post out and put it in his baby book so you can remember it always…this is so, so sweet.

  7. Heather on May 14th, 2010 6:31 pm

    That picture is your face. Ditto #1.

  8. Erika on May 15th, 2010 12:36 pm

    My 5 year old son told me that he doesn’t want all the “big people” to go to heaven before him. He wants us to wait on him but he knows we can’t because then we would be “WAY TOO OLD”. I love him to pieces.

  9. Jaimie on May 15th, 2010 5:02 pm

    best conversation EVER!

  10. kristi on May 16th, 2010 5:15 am

    Beautiful, beautiful boy. Inside and out.

  11. pixielation on May 16th, 2010 2:57 pm

    My kids are constantly asking what some random person walking down the street with a pineapple on his head is doing – like I’d know.

    (I lied about the pineapple)

    Lovely photo too!

  12. Amanda on May 17th, 2010 10:49 am

    Serrated, man, serrated freaking knife to the soul.

  13. Stacy on May 17th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Okay, Riley is your spitting image in that photo! Such a cutie.

  14. beccado on May 18th, 2010 6:23 pm

    love that story–it brought tears to my eyes. I hope I’ll have a special Lady Gaga moment with my little boy some day ;-)

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