Homework Troubles: Absent Dad QsChristine Coppa
I read it and said nothing. I decided, I’m going to read this out loud and see how my kid reacts.
He’s 5. No more pushing sh*t under the rug.
Read and Sequence – Bedtime.
Directions: Read the short story below. Put items in order by numbering them 1 – 5.
When I get ready for bed, the first thing I do is brush my teeth.
Then I go to the bathroom.
Next, I put on my pajamas.
After that I read books with my DAD.
Then I lie down in my bed to go to sleep.
JD: My dad doesn’t read me books. He lives in India. (OK, I am stifling my laughter, here.)
Me: OK. He lives in IN-DI-ANA and you’re right kiddo, he doesn’t read you books. Who does?
JD: You read me books, mommy! And mema, uncle Bri and Miss Corie.
Me: I do! We do! Should we change the homework up?
JD: Pause … Are we allowed?
Me: (Hell yes! I thought) Yes. Instead of Dad, whose name should I put in?
So I did. And that was the extent of our conversation about JD’s absent father.
I didn’t badmouth him. JD asked no more questions. It ended. I let it end.
But we don’t live in a fantasy world where his father doesn’t exist. Where his father isn’t notably absent to this beautiful little boy.
His father is real. We are real. This is happening in NJ.
Tonight, I read JD, The Giving Tree. It’s about a tree (a mom) who loves her son and gives him everything, forever. All she can give him.
Good night, my friends. Sleep well. Big XO
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