Monday, February 7, 2011

So I broke the news.....

... to my kids!

We were snuggled up on my bed watching a movie together on Saturday morning, and I told them I was going to be going away.......

It went something like this....and keep in mind I was dreading upsetting them :)

Me: I have something to tell you guys and I'm not sure you're going to like it.

Maya: Just tell us Mommy (translation: stop being so dramatic Mother).

Me: I am going to be going away for a little while..... for a month.

Matthew: a MONTH!! Is that FOREVER??

Me: No it's not forever, it's only for 4 weeks.

Maya: Oh OK...... {pause} I thought you were going to tell us that you were going to be dead.

Me: Uh no, I'm just going away.


Evan: VeeVee Abbey! (translation: *TV Mommy* - Evan calls me Abbey!)

.....aaaaand we're back to watching the movie.

Huh. Although I definitely didn't expect them to fall to pieces at the news, and I'm VERY glad that my kids are easy going and feel secure and safe with either parent, I THOUGHT there may have been more concern, and secretly I have to say I was a little disappointed!

Just goes to prove that I will miss them waaaaaay more than they will miss me.

PS - the whole death thing wasn't out of the blue - Maya's been VERY interested in death and dying lately... always asking when she or I am going to die. Leads to some interesting conversations!!


  1. Is it terrible that I giggled at this post?! We've had some interesting conversations about death around here too!
    Not long now, Les!!! Get packing!!! xoxo

  2. This is my first post and if you'll read that please note that I talk to Les about the site every day, but I guess I'm either not a blogger or just don't like to leave comments.

    The kids might now show it right now, but from experience I can definitely say that they’ll miss you a lot (I still remember when you flow out to Vancouver – that was 4 days and they missed you).

    Janette – I can tell you that this is the first time since I’ve met Leslie that she’ll be packed a day or two before she leaves. The suitcases are already on the floor and she started packing and the bed in the guest bedroom is covered with things she’s planning on taking.

    Les, you know that I love you and wish you all the best in this new endeavor. You haven’t left yet, but I can't wait to hear all about the life at the fitness ridge and I do hope you’ll enjoy your time there…:)

  3. You are so lucky to have this opportunity and support Les from your husband and your family. I bet the kids miss you like crazy. I know you have to do this for yourself and I wish you the best of luck on your journey! You and your family will reap these lessons you will learn tenfold.

    A happy mommy is a happy home.

    I look forward to following your journey! xo

  4. I love this post!!! Kids say the cutest things. We've had many conversations about death and it's so interesting how matter-of-fact my kids are about it. Marius - you are one amazing husband with such a big heart! Les - I am sure you will be missed dearly. I'm super excited to follow along in your journey. You are wonderful writer.


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