Sometimes a slice of life arrives via a telephone conversation. I take on the voice of my son to tell this one.
It was another late work night, in a string of late work nights. Tired of leaving before he woke up and getting home after he was asleep, I stood outside Teddy's door, listening. When I didn't hear him, I eased open his door so I could sneak a peek at my boy.
But he wasn't asleep. He was lying in the dark turning the pages of a magazine.
"What are you doing, Bud?"
"I miss you, Dad."
And that's when I reached over the edge of the crib to pick up my boy for a late night cuddle and a few moments of rocking together.
"Wait, Dad." And so I waited while my boy picked up his magazine. And then he said, "It's special! Grandma sent it to me."
(Both of my grand boys get magazines in the mail from Grandma and Grandpa. We started with Highlights Hello and I recently moved Teddy up to the High Five subscription. The magazine he was looking at in the dark was his first High Five. It's full-size and printed on paper and I think he was enjoying this new "grown-up" magazine. Both boys also get the Ranger Rick Cub magazine. I love that both these companies provide a "baby-safe, tear-resistant, perfect size for little hands to hold" magazine and versions that grow along as the child grows. This Grandma and Grandpa look forward to many years of encouraging literacy with magazines in the mail.)