June 13, 2010
Houston, we have a problem. How is it that I have to be penciled in to spend time with J? Seriously. The kid is booked through the end of July.
Now, don’t get me wrong, here. I’m honored to have a prince who’s in such high demand. I’m proud enough to prance because people want to spend time with him. But, dang!
As I was shuttling him to his friend’s house today, I said: “J, you aren’t going anywhere with anybody but me tomorrow when I get home from work. It’s my turn.”
Kinda funny how the tables turn. He’s always been great about letting me do my thing; but he lets me know when it’s his turn.
When Jett rumbled us up to J’s friend’s house, we saw his buddy half-sulking on a bench with another friend. They looked up at us, whipped their heads at each other and back, and then took one giant leap to the car.
I said, “Wow, J. Look at those smiley guys.”
He humbly bowed his head, but I could see his satisfied smile. Emanating from his ears.
The guys did daps and pats and said their hellos and walked and talked and lifted their lows. And as they floated on their freedom flight, J disembarked for a brief moment to return to the car and drop this one on me: “I create smiles like that.”
Grinning woman, I am. Grin-ning woman.
But hold your screen eye just a moment longer. There’s one more tidbit.
His buddy’s parents approached the car and exchanged a reassuring glance, then proceeded to say to me: “We don’t know what your plans are, or how you feel about this, but we’re going on a family vacation in July and [their son] asked if [Jmoney] could go with us. We’d love to have him. We’ll be doing …”
They detailed a list of convincing assurances and activities and said they knew I’d need some time to think about it — and some other words I didn’t hear. My mind was spinning. What’s more, the date of their trip happens to be the same week I’ll be out of town on business.
Hello, God? It’s me, Melissa. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me this gift. Even if I’m placed on the waiting list. I’d say he’s worth the wait. Indeed.