Fall arrived and everyone seems to be going on the vacation except us. David's speech therapist was gone for two weeks camping and his girlfriend, Olivia, was away in Disney celebrating her 3rd birthday. We stayed home and impatiently awaited their return. I tried not to bring up either of their names to David, so he wouldn't get upset and insist on seeing them. It proved to be more difficult than I thought.
The first day his speech therapy was canceled, I asked David if he wanted to see Ms. Anne (his music teacher and David's idol) or Ms. Lauren (his school teacher). David's reply -- "Kathrine" (his speech therapist). I explained that she was away. Right, David accepted that answer. Every single day for two weeks, I sounded like a broken record: "Ms. Kathrine is away on a vacation. You'll see her soon" and so on.
When I wasn't apologizing to David for Ms. Kathrine taking a vacation, I was trying to explain to him why Olivia was missing from a park. In the middle of his music class, David turned to me and said "O?" (O is for Olivia). How do you explain to a 2 year old that his girlfriend is having a great time with Mickey Mouse? So, he just knew she was away and coming back soon. We received an e-mail from them saying that O is asking for David and Julia as well.
Luckily, a playdate with his friends, Jordan and Mina took his mind off Ms. K. and O. David was asking about Mina long after they left. "She is away" was my reply. Creative lying was never my strongest suit.
I wish I had a camera to capture a smile on David's face when he saw Ms. Kathrine again. He got shy at first, but then without any hesitation said "bye mommy, bye baby" and left for his session. Sometimes I wonder why I stay at home when I am not even his favorite person... not even third in line.
This morning I was preparing David for his reunion with the gf. When Olivia walked in the door, a familiar smile lit up David's face and he couldn't take his eyes off her. Of course, this lasted just a couple of minutes, as their wild and cranky toddlerhood took over and they got lost in screaming and temper tantrums (mostly David).