It’s always hit or miss when one of us leaves the house. Either Maura’s shoving us out the door yelling “BYE!” or she’s at the window crying like we’re in “Sophie’s Choice”.
Yesterday afternoon was Guitar Lesson Day, and usually Josh takes the two kids, but I got conned into going along with the lure of “You can go grocery shopping while we’re at lessons.” Woo. Fun.
So I tell Collin to keep an eye on Maura, and tell Maura goodbye. She balks slightly, but I explain I’ll be back, I’m going to buy some food.
Her response was a chipper “Oh! Okay Mom! BYE!” and she went back to playing with her tablet.
I go out to the car where everyone else is, and we pull out of the driveway – where I see Maura standing in the window, screaming, banging on the big picture window. I got a bit “OMG, she’s banging on the window, crap, how strong is that window? Where’s Collin?” Josh actually paused the car in front of the house as the four of us gaped at the sight of the unhappy screaming child in the window.
Then, from the back seat, Miriam said, “Wow…we look like bad people.”
We did. We looked like we were just abandoning this poor girl, leaving her behind, we were going to Disneyland and she had to stay and clean toilets kind of Bad People. And in that instant, we all started cracking up. Because we’re really horrible like that.
But then Collin appeared, picked her up and carried her away from the window. He figured out how to calm her down and get her settled again, as I heard nothing from him while we were out and Maura was perfectly happy when we got back, the little stinker who makes us look like heartless wonders.
Such is life with Mood Swing McQueen.