Today was no exception.
I was gathering my things before heading out the door to take J to school when he spotted a conference binder from an event I did in New York in September 2007. As I do with every event, I slip pictures of the kiddos in the back of my binder to appease all the kind folks that say "have any pics of the boys?!" On this particular binder there was a pic of Keith, Daniel and me taken at a family reunion earlier that year. And Jacob, you see, was born at the end of November 2007 so naturally he was not in the pic.
But this was lost on my child.
Eyeing the picture carefully, he looked up at me with those saucer-sized baby blues and said, "I see Daddddy....and Danielllll...and Mommmmmy.... but I no see Ja-jub." Quickly I responded , "I know baby. That's because you weren't born yet."
"Why?" he asked.
"Well, because you were born a few months later."
"Well, because that's when God wanted you to be born."
"Oh, come on, let's get our stuff and head to school, ok?"
That's when he dropped the bomb. He stopped in his tracks, looked up at me with the saddest, most earnest look of betrayal that these eyes have ever witnessed and said:
"Why you leave me home all by myself???"
"What baby?" I asked, wanting to make sure I understood him.
"Ja-jub no in picture. Whyyy you leave me home all by myselfffff?"
I busted out laughing and reached down, picked him up and hugged him tightly while trying to compose myself.
"Momma would never leave you home all by yourself, baby. Jacob had not been born yet. That's why you aren't in the picture. God had not made you yet. "
"Because God had a special time that he wanted us to become your Mommy and Daddy. So he made you at that time."
"Because, well....(going for the distraction route) uh, hey be sure and grab your jacket, ok???"
Lawd help me.