“have a great trip, dad” not
After ten years i am becoming less consistently available around Willow. This vacation of two months will be the longest time i have spent apart from him since he was born. What is often said is that the Star family moves like a super tanker, so we (Hawina, Sky and i) started talking about this trip 9 months ago. My absence will be broken up by Willow going out with Sky to California for a couple of weeks and i will see him briefly when i come back thru in a week.
Willow and i spent the last night i was at Twin Oaks together. We went thru the negotiations around me staying him until he feel asleep, then going out and doing the tree climbing full moon ritual with Shal, then coming back to bed with WIllow in Morningstar and then leaving him in the morning before he woke up. Willow was not excited about this sleep schedule, but he signed off on it.
It took til midnight for Willow to fall asleep, so Shal and i started late and ended only by 4 AM and i did not make it back to Willow til 5AM set my alarm for 7:30 and slept right thru it.
At 9:15 i wake up at basically the same time as my son who turns to me with that special 10 year old comic-critical look and says only “Fail”