When
· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · July
· · · · 28 (1 entry)

Single Dad · Lau­ren and the ba­by girl have been away in Ox­ford nine days, and the house un­ac­cus­tomed­ly qui­et. The boy and I are get­ting along OK in the eerie space and empti­ness. This af­ter­noon, he asked if he could go for a sleep-over at Samuel’s house, and I couldn’t see a rea­son to say no. When I packed him off with pa­ja­mas and a book and a “stuffie” (what the kids call stuffed-animal toys these days) sud­den­ly I re­al­ized that wow, I was alone. I could play the odd­est mu­sic as loud as I want­ed. I could have a wild par­ty that ran till to­mor­row. I could prac­tice my drum­ming. I could, well... I dun­no. What I re­al­ly want­ed was my fam­i­ly back. Then in the late north­ern dusk, the phone rang and it was Samuel’s mom: “We have a home­sick boy here”. So I went and brought him home, and sym­pa­thized, and helped him get set­tled when he couldn’t sleep. And was glad to have him back un­der my roof.
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