Mama, why do you always check that book when we eat lunch together?
Because it’s my to-do book. I write down all of the stuff that I need to do, because otherwise I’ll forget, and then I cross things off when I do them. And I like to do it at lunch because then I can figure out what I’ll be doing this afternoon before I teach piano.
Oh, okay. I like to do that, too. I make really important lists.
Yes. They say things like, “Ask mommy if we can watch the movie.”
Any movie. That’s why I have the list. So I can remember to keep asking.
Gotcha. Smart move. Gotta have a goal.
When I was younger, I had different lists.
Right. So when I was really young, I’d write lists of things that I’d already done, and then I’d check them off.
Hey, I just did that! I emptied the trash cans and then I wrote it down just now so I could cross it off. I’m with you, sister!
You’re not my sister.
And I wasn’t emptying trash cans. I would just write down, you know, all of the important stuff from my day.
Ohhh, just the big stuff. “Get a haircut.” “Read books.” “Play with my dolls.” “Get dressed.” “Eat breakfast.” And then, since I’d already done them, I’d cross them off!
My schedule was very full.
You know what else was always on my list?
“Hug Mommy.” ‘Cause I wouldn’t want to forget that.
You’d manage to squeeze in a hug, even with your busy schedule?
Yes. I can always work you in.
Thanks. I appreciate you finding the time for me.
Check in with me later. I’m really busy today, since it’s pajama day at school.
You’d think this would make for a more relaxed day.
It’s hard when you’re so busy.
Preach it, sister.
I’m not your sister.
But you’re a sister.
I need to get back to work now. I’ll pencil you in for later.
See you then.
So wish I had her dimples. And the ability to wear pajamas to work.
Either way, I’ll take her hugs any time.