Drop everything

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve got some stories to share. But first….this. I’ve finally gotten hip to the fact that my children’s preferred means of communication is text messages. And now that I have a phone where texting isn’t onerous, I drop them all a line once in a while. In fact, I’d sent quite a few messages to Peter that had gone unanswered. I figured it was simply an indication that he was quite busy but also adjusting well to life at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Texts to Mr. Peter

Texts to Mr. Peter

Well, yesterday morning I awakened to exactly the message I’ve been waiting for:

A snippet from our conversation

A snippet from our conversation

I immediately responded like the love-sick puppy that I am. Several texts later we agreed that I’d meet him at the Academy at 1pm. When I arrived we walked downtown for lunch, strolled along the river and then went back to his tiny room. He sat at his desk and I stretched out on his bed. We chatted some more and then, just like old times, he started his homework while I took a little nap.

Absolute bliss.

22 responses to “Drop everything

  1. This is the best post EVER! Love this! And love your family!!!
    xoxo m & k

  2. So sweet. 🙂

  3. I absolutely LOVED this post Linnea! It brought a smile to my face as I read it & looked over at my own kid… 🙂


  4. Beautiful Linnea. Thank you for sharing!

  5. This is the best! I am mom to a toddler (and a baby on the way) and it makes me sad thinking about the days when they won’t “need” me anymore, but this is a good reminder that we always needs our mom no matter how old we get 🙂

  6. How beautiful and no other response could a mom want from her son than what you got. I got chills just reading. Thank you for sharing such a great life’s moment.

    • Cheryl, I got a little emotional the first time I read Peter’s text. Not much stronger than the love we feel for our children.


  7. brings tears to my eyes, love you both

  8. Love…and I miss you too! Next time you drive by my way can’t we see each other too…:(

  9. You should teach a parenting class! My little boy just turned 1, and my greatest hope is that we have this kind of relationship some day. Advice welcome!

    • Amy, you get better as you go (Pete’s my third child). But if I were to isolate one thing that really worked, it is the ‘wall of love’ theory. To wit: as your mom, I am a wall of love and nothing can ever tear that down. Particularly important during the teenage years when my kids sometimes stormed that wall themselves. Stand strong, and your love will always be something to which they return.


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