The boys have been on Winter Break this week (no school), and although they are doing absolutely positively great, and although I took two days off this week and spent all day with them on Monday and Wednesday, and although we were just on vacation together last week, I still feel the 'Career Mom Yuckies' (as I call it in my own mind) about the fact that 3 of the 7 nights this week I've been out of the house for work. For various reasons (to attend a dinner celebrating the publication of my book, to teach a graduate seminar, to give a paper), 3 of the 7 nights this week I have not been home to eat dinner with my bambinos and tuck them into bed at night. I hate this. Adding insult to injury, I'm leaving later today for a conference and will be away for an overnight "work trip." Ugh. So, this morning it lit up my whole day and made those 'Career Mom Yuckies' vanish for just a moment when the following happened...
For many months now Kyle and Owen have been wrapped up in a full blown love affair with Curious George. They have no interest in Curious George toys, but are enamored with Curious Goerge books and videos. The Curious George books are some of their absolute favorites. They choose Curious George to be read to them by us over and over and over and over. They also love the Curious George videos. They choose Curious George to watch over and over and over -- far more than any other video we own. This morning, in a sweet snuggly moment, Kyle looked me right in the eyes and said~
"Mommy, you are my Man In The Yellow Hat."
This is the second time he's said this to me (he said it to me one day this past summer too.)