my theodore is particular and usually speaks very clearly, but several months ago he started saying “absolutely” anytime you’d normally say “yes,” and the way he did tugged on my heartstrings, because it was one of the few words he’d say that wasn’t as clear as the others. i’d ask him if he wanted to go to the park. “absowutlee,” he’d respond. “shall we go get some lunch?” “absowutlee!” it made me smile every time, and i meant to catch it on video, but it never happened.
and then one day i realized he’d graduated from “absowutlee” to “absolutely.” i’d missed catching it on film, and even though it’s been months and months, i still think about it. i still miss it.
i was just looking at pictures of him and vivi from six weeks ago. they look so much different. how is that possible? six weeks. it seems like that’s no time at all, (minus the painfully long day here and there) and yet the changes are obvious when you compare pictures.
note to self. don’t wait until they’re in a better outfit to take a picture of some epic bed-head locks. don’t wait to sit down with them and read a good book together even though you have a to-do list you realllllly need to get to. don’t forget to stop what you’re doing and take a quick video of the way they say something sweet, because they grow in the snap of a finger, and you only get this time once. i wish so badly i didn’t need this reminder, but i do. maybe you do too.