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At 17, still saying the darndest things

Catherine and me.

Catherine and me.

So, I must travel for business next week, a thankfully rare occurrence that nevertheless sends all three of us Vaneches into a bit of a tizzy.

Already, I’m starting the lists of chores, appointments, errands, etc., to be completed in my absence.

(The first time I did this last year, I got frantic emails demanding to know how to put sheets on our bed.)

At least this time Basil doesn’t have to juggle all the “mom” tasks while also punching a time clock.

I mentioned the trip to Catherine Friday night, but with all the weekend’s activity and excitement, the news seems to have taken a few days to sink in.

Today when she got home from school, she asked when I was leaving and how long I’d be gone. She promised to wait up for me a week from Friday when I am scheduled to get in late.

And then she said: “I’m going to miss you. …

“You’re leaving me with Dad.”


I think.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


5 thoughts on “At 17, still saying the darndest things

  1. My kids are still young enough that they miss mommy, but with two boys I know that as teenagers the compliments will become few and far between 🙂

    Posted by Foodie in WV | May 9, 2013, 7:04 pm
  2. I’d like to think my kids would miss me if I had to travel without them, but I’m not so sure. My husband would let them eat way more junk than I do, so they’d probably prefer the party time with dad 🙂

    Posted by Jen | May 8, 2013, 12:44 pm
  3. Take those compliments wherever you can get them, that’s my motto!!!

    Posted by momshieb | May 7, 2013, 9:11 pm

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