Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Missing Link

Evan just called me from New York City.

Oh, didn't I mention that my baby is several states away on his super-special-birthday trip with Grandma? Visiting the Statue of Liberty and Chinatown and seeing a Broadway play and going a helicopter ride?

Maybe because I have been out of sorts this week. I thought it was because of hormones. And now I realize it's because I'm missing a part of my heart. My Evie.

"Mama! Guess what!"

"What, Ev?"

"We went to Chinatown and I ate stone crab but I didn't use chopsticks even though I've been practicing at home for weeks and ALSO! Grandma and I went to the Intrepid and I got to see the submarine and the SPACE SHUTTLE and it was huge! AND I saw the Statue of Liberty but we couldn't go inside it but it is SO BIG MAMA and I wanted to street run in Central Park but Grandma said the grass was too wet and the concrete was too dirty to roll on so I just climbed the REALLY BIG ROCKS in Central Park, Mama! AND ALSO I am going on a helicopter ride tonight and I cannot wait and New York City is waaaaay bigger than I thought and I got to see the new Ice Age in our room because the Disney Channel wasn't working so they gave us 2 free movies in our room so I'm going to watch Spiderman tomorrow night! AND MAMA?"

"Yes, Evie?"

"I miss you. I love you."

"I love you too, Evan. I miss you so much...Goodnight, baby."

When I woke up this morning, I had a series of texts from my Mother-in-law about Evan. His feet are hurting and he's tired and she was wondering if skipping the 9-11 memorial was ok with me. Then the next texts noted that the real reason for his reluctance to get up and go is homesickness. She wanted to know if I had any suggestions.

I'm actually amazed that he lasted that long. Evan is definitely an adventurous spirit with an ability to make the whole world laugh with just a few words. But he is also a family-centered homebody who loves to have his parents and siblings around himself. Hopefully he is just really tired and that the droopiness he's feeling will fade away enough so that they can still enjoy their last full day in NYC.

I'm sorry he's a little down. But I'm also a little selfishly glad that he misses us like we miss him...

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