Apr 8, 2009

Fat Camp

That is an honest to God google trend word today. Honestly. People somewhere, right now, are googling "fat camp."

I think the gods are trying to tell me something.

Yesterday I put my baby on an airplane. And by my "baby" I am not only talking about the Attorney General but also Remi. The two of them flew to Texas so that the AG could get some work done at what is now his new job, and so Remi could stay with my mom and dad and slowly but surely drive them to drink.

Actually my parents have a week full of fun activities planned for her; Poppie even went so far as to hide plastic snakes in his flowerbed for her to find and Nonie planned an Easter egg hunt just for her! Had she stayed here with me we might have, might have, gone to the Library.

Oh yes, I know. It was a hard decision for her, I'm sure.

But I am here with Rocco and my world couldn't be calmer, quieter or sweeter.

And so yesterday as I was driving away from the airport, at mock speed, for fear she might change her mind and decide to stay the week with me, I heard the song "Your Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins.

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days
Hadn't gone by so fast

You're gonna miss this
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

And I thought of Remi. And how the terrible 2's have yanked the proverbial carpet from under my feet. They have challenged me and yet strengthened me. Sure, they've made me cry, but they've also made me laugh. And I listened to the words of that song and I thought...


And I turned on The Best of the 80's and rocked out to Karma Chameleon.

But then I turned down the radio and put a call into my mom.


"Take care of my baby this week."

"Ohhh, we're so excited. We have so much planned for her."

"I know, she'll have a blast, but take care of her okay? That's my whole world I just put on that plane."

"Melissa, she is not your whole world."

"Mama, trust me, no matter how many children you have, whichever one just walked out the door is the one that is your whole world at that exact moment."

She assured me she would be safe and that she would have fun.
And I hung up.
And cried.


Susie from Bienvenue said...


Lisa said...

I promise you that I will love on, look after, and entertain your whole world every chance I get while she is here!!
Just like she was my own.

Lynda said...

Awww...she'll be fine. Now, go watch some Trace Adkins videos on YouTube - the man is hot! ;-)

Melissa said...

Your post reminded of one night when I was scrapbooking with a group of friends (please still like me even if I scrapbook!) Anyhow, we were commenting about our kids and how they were driving us crazy, but that we really loved them. Especially when they were asleep or away from us.

You'll be fine, I promise. And after you get her back, about 2 hours later, you'll wish she was at your mama's again!

The other Melissa

Bonnie said...

ohhh... I feel your pain. First time I put my baby (who is now 23) on a plane it was to visit his father in New Jersey for the summer. I was in Washington State. That was over 6 hours and 3300 miles of fear, panic and just plain worry and then almost 2 months of not seeing my son. It was sheer torture but the truth is, you settle into it and knowing they are having such a great experience helps. A little bit. At least you love the people she's staying with - that helps a LOT.

Aja Jenise said...

Ah how sweet it is... remember this moment... because inevitably we forget it the moment we are reunited. Enjoy your weeks time...


Jenny said...

Oh thank you for sharing such a sweet story with us! You are such a good mom...

Sissy said...

I love that picture. So sweet. And you are such a good momma. Maybe you will get some rest while Remi is away and then be totally prepared to pack and move.

Rhonda said...

Thank you. Thank you for that. I thought my emotional roller coaster couldn't get any flightier, what with my desire for Adam Lambert to be my kids step-father and then facing my husband and pretending all is good and normal in our world.

THEN you go and drop this bomb on me.

I'm laughing one minute and crying the next. That is such a Melissa thing to do, isn't it?? lol

Enjoy your week with Rocco!

Jenn said...

Stephanie Davis, no???