(alarm going off)
Hank: (working at my bedroom desk on my computer) What the…
Me: (in bed) Break time.
Me: You have been studying hard for 30 minutes so that entitles you to a short break. It’s important to reward yourself while studying to stay motivated.
Me: (patting the bed) Pop up here and let’s watch Casey Neistat’s latest video and then back to work.
Me: (pulling up YouTube)
Hank: (fidgeting with something)
Me: Whats in your hands?
Hank: Just this (handing me a crumpled sticky thing).
Me: Oh man.
Hank: What is it important?
Hank: I’m sorry, no. I didn’t mean to do anything bad.
Me: I mean… It’s not a big deal, but this was special to me and you peeled it off my computer.
Hank: I’m sorry. I feel bad. I didn’t know what it was. Can we put it back?
Me: I’m afraid not. It’s okay. I can’t believe you don’t remember this, it was so funny, but that just shows me how much you have grown which is a great thing. I’m not upset. It’s just a silly little thing you made one day while playing with your papa’s label maker…
Hank: Which I am not supposed to do.
Me: No, you’re not. Man, I didn’t realize how long ago this was. You came into my office and you handed me this sticker and said, this is for you and when I asked you what it said, after reminding you not to mess with your papa’s label maker, you said you didn’t know and I told you to claim the word so we decided together that eoxxsssssssssssjje means the love between a snail and a crocodile so I stuck it on my computer and everyday when I open it to work I smile.
Hank: (cackling) Really? I don’t remember.
Me: But I don’t need this sticker to remind me.
Hank: I am sorry, my mama.
Me: Gawd, I mean, you’re eight! You’re my silly baby boy and you are eight. I love that you are big and growing and special and caring and I don’t need eoxxsssssssssssjje on my computer to forever remember the importance of love between a snail and a crocodile. (deep breath, deep sigh, slightly giggling) Now… shall we?
Hank: (snuggling deep) Push play please, mama.