I had to make a sudden trip to India for a week (12 hours’ notice to V) for my dad's health scare. By god's grace and amazing medical care, he is doing much better and recovering well! Knock on wood.
But my gush is for V and her take on me leaving her for a week. I couldn't take her due to the nature of the visit and also her school! Plus I had Sumit, IL's over to take care of her. So without worry, but some apprehension, I booked my tickets.
Here is gist of my conversation with V 12 hours before my boarding my flight!
GN: 'V, I have to leave for India this evening, nana is not feeling well'
V: 'Oh, so you are going to fix him and make him all better?'
GN: 'Yes, baby pretty much. You will be here with papa, dada, dadi and be nice to them okay?'
V: 'Don't worry, let me give you my dawai for nana and my doctor set for him. He will get fixed by it'
(V takes a toy blood pressure monitor from her Elmo Doctor Kit, and gives me her 'water dawai' for her nana)
GN: 'So you will be fine without me? I will come back in a week okay?'
V: 'Yes ,Yes. Dont worry about papa, I will take care of him, Okay?'
(I am all amazed at my kid's understanding and independence. Is she really only 3 and a half years old)
V: ' Come fast and get me Laddu, Toys, Katli, Dress and my toy back, Okay?
Thinks aloud... yes she is a three and half year old after all!!!
I am happy to report, V got everything and more on her list from India. Mummy (me) did 'fix up nana' and V was quiet an amazing kid in my absence. I spoke to her often and I adored her 'I Miss you mummy, I miss you so much'
And above all, her giving me countless hugs on my return!
Of course prior to my departure and true to my 'control freak' nature. Very detailed instructions were given to hubby about her school uniform, her parties, checking on her progress' Of course with his patient attitude and my In Laws helping out so much, I was care free about her. I was definitely missing her like crazy, but all in all, I did okay, she did wonderfully well! Plus in India, my family soothed my nerves and let me sleep in till 9:30 each morning!
Thank you my support structure.... what would I do!