no eat, no need money

Part 2 of my 6-posts-in-day project:

When heaven opens up....

Yesterday Little Buddy woke up and called out for me, as he usually does.  I was downstairs and heard the standard declaration on the monitor:  “Papa, I’m awake!”

I went upstairs, and since I was already partially dressed for work he immediately asked me – even before leaving the crib – “Papa, going to work?”

“Well, yes, Little Buddy,”  I replied.

“Why?  Stay home,”  he shot back in a plaintive tone.

“I can’t.  We need money,” I said.

“Why?” he asked.  I have been explaining the concept of money to him slowly – probably a little bit too much for 2.5 years old, but why not?

“Because we need money to pay for things – all the good food Little Buddy eats, the house…” I said.

“Need money to eat?”  he asked.

“Yes,”  I admitted, in a drastic but not at all untrue simplification.

He paused and considered.  You could almost see the light bulb explode in his head.

“Papa, today Little Buddy no eat.  Papa no need money, no go to work, stay home, play all day.”

These are the moments that both break and exalt a parent’s heart.
photo credit: multi_everything

10 comments

  • When my son tells me stuff like that it makes me want to call out sick and spend the entire day playing with him. I used ot make fun of stay-home-Dads until I had kids, then I decided I could do that in a heartbeat!

  • i am so never going to be a parent. 🙂

  • Awe, that's just precious. As a father of a nearly 3 year old girl, I fully understand. When I go on business trips the 2YO and the 6YO both get all teary eyed and I feel like a foul beast leaving them for a few days.

  • That is sweet!!!

    I still remember a day several months ago that my then 3 year old asked why her daddy was at work. Then answered her own question with “Is it so we don't have to live in a box and eat sand?”

    Well, yeah…kinda

    • LOL, Emily! Where did she get the sand-eating bit from? Did she see someone doing it, or is that just her imagination at work?

  • Young children have a great way to remind us of our priorities. This is one of the main reasons God invented children, I think.

    Cheers

  • I'm just getting caught up on your posts… totally awesome. Sharing this with my wife. (We don't have kids.)

  • What a cute story- does your son always say “little buddy” instead of “I”? He sounds really cute.

    • @Altair33: Well, he is cute, although he's grown up a bit since I wrote
      that story and doesn't talk in the clever little toddler-speak as much
      anymore. That is one of my favorite posts I've written, even though
      it's a small one.

  • @Altair33: Well, he is cute, although he's grown up a bit since I wrote
    that story and doesn't talk in the clever little toddler-speak as much
    anymore. That is one of my favorite posts I've written, even though
    it's a small one.