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Play Date

May, 2014









The play sure seemed like a great idea. Benny's always loved the book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." When he was younger, he'd grab my hand and lead me to the couch, then press it onto my lap. We'd snuggle in, and he'd hang on every word, asking, "Again?" the second the book's final words left my lips.

Play Date

The play sure seemed like a great idea. Benny's always loved the book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." When he was younger, he'd grab my hand and lead me to the couch, then press it onto my lap. We'd snuggle in, and he'd hang on every word, asking, "Again?" the second the book's final words left my lips. He still reads it to his little sister. So when I found out that our local children's theater was putting on the stage version, I instinctively grabbed tickets. Not for the whole family, just two, for Ben and me. It felt like we were due some one-on-one time. Funny how you can live with a person, see him every single day, and still feel like you're missing something. Like you're missing him.

But as my boy and I sat there in that darkened theater, listening to Alexander grumble, yet again, about moving to Australia, I found myself grumbling too. I want to connect with my son, so I dress him up and take him halfway across town to sit next to me and not talk? Brilliant. I glance over at Ben, his eyes wide, clearly loving the show, and relax a bit. Try to focus on simply sharing this experience with my kid. We'll talk over dinner.

 

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