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?”

Dylan: “PLAY RO MA MA? PLAY RO MA MA?”

Me: “Lady Gaga it is. Hey Riley?”

Riley: “What?”

Me: “I love you.”

Riley: “I love you too.”

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Sara
12 years ago

Best. Conversation. Ever.

wordygirl
12 years ago

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!

Amy
Amy
12 years ago

Awwww…little boys are so sweet!

amber
12 years ago

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

jwoap
12 years ago

*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:)

JAB
JAB
12 years ago

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

Heather
12 years ago

That picture is your face. Ditto #1.

Erika
Erika
12 years ago

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.

Jaimie
12 years ago

best conversation EVER!

kristi
12 years ago

Beautiful, beautiful boy. Inside and out.

pixielation
12 years ago

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!

Amanda
12 years ago

Serrated, man, serrated freaking knife to the soul.

Stacy
Stacy
12 years ago

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

beccado
beccado
12 years ago

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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