Thursday, August 11, 2011

Love You Forever *

My younger son goes back to college Saturday. I'm going to miss him.

Passing by his bedroom door this morning ... well, noonish actually ... I was struck by a sudden, overwhelming desire to go in and wake him up.

When he was very little I loved to lie down next to him in the morning and gently tickle his nose. He tried hard to pretend not to wake, scrunching his eyes shut, his mouth twitching mightily as he suppressed a grin. When he could take no more, he opened his merry blue eyes and giggled as only a little one can.

Somehow I didn't think this would go as well at age 21 as it did when he was two. And so I tiptoed on, leaving a memory and a sigh on his doorstep.


* The experience reminded me of Love You Forever, a children's book by Robert Munsch. I thought it was totally creepy at the time I read it to my boys. I still think it's creepy, but I get it now.

8 comments:

Jill said...

Love You Forever is one of my all time favortie books! I love your last line. I'm sure all Mom's can relate.

Vilisi said...

Yes, the last line is beautifully expressed. Thanks for sharing such a sweet memory. :)

MyMaracas said...

Jill, My kids liked it too. It's a reassuring prospect, isn't it: someone who will love you forever.

What creeped me out was the part where Mom is climbing in through her grown son's window at night and crawling across the carpet to his bed to pick him up(?!) and rock him. That image actually gave me nightmares LOL

MyMaracas said...

Vilisi and Jill, thanks! I'm glad you liked the post.

Cassy said...

he's grown up indeed. We as mothers will always cherished those moments we had with our kids.

Cassy from Guitar Made Easy

Rambling Woods said...

I know exactly how you feel....

Retired English Teacher said...

I also understand how you are feeling. It is so hard to let go.

EG Wow said...

What a moving post! I guess most moms of grownup children can relate to these feelings, Well written.