I came home from work last week, and greeted my boys at the door like I always do.
I announced: “Hiiii boys!! Mommy’s home! How was your day?”
They were energetic as ever, and were bouncing off one thing or another when I walked in. I heard the murmured “hellos” and the “it was good” responses from somewhere within our apartment.
I caught sight of Jayden and asked him:
“Jayden, are you going to give Mommy a hug and kiss please?”
He smiled his cheeky smile, jumped off our ottoman in the living room, turned away from me and said: “Later.”
“Ohhhh…what do you mean “later”? Can I have a hug and kiss NOW?”
“Not now Mommy. Laaaattter!” came the emphasized reply as I saw the back of Jayden walking away.
I started to make sniffling sounds to pretend I was really upset and was on the verge of tears. My murmured pretend sobs became gradually louder and louder….
“No one wants to give Mommy a kiss and hug for hello!” cried the self-pitying me.
Just then, knowing that Jayden may have upsetted me and playing off that, Joshua materialized from nowhere, ran into my arms and gave me a big hug and a hard kiss.
Jayden on the other hand seemed unfazed by my Oscar-crying performance.
After a few more pretend sniffles, my big baby boy finally came towards me and declared: “Oh….Ooookay…then!”
With a ounce of sympathy and a whole lot of reluctance, I finally got my kiss and hug!!
Even though I was pretending to cry, it was my heart that was crying!! What is happening to my baby boy?? Where did he get that attitude?? I have to beg for kisses and hugs now?
He’s not even 3 years old yet!!