From the bathtub Cooper yells: “DAD!”
It’s been a long day. I’m finally in my “happy place” as I sit in my big recliner with my feet up and a big blanket covering me. Hoping he’ll go back to playing with his toys in the tub and wanting nothing to pry me from my comfort, I simply pretend I didn’t hear him.
Again from the bathtub Cooper yells louder: “DAD!”
I feel obligated now so I return the yell: “WHAT?”
Obviously not hearing me, this time Cooper yells with everything he’s got: “DAAAAD!”
I return the yell with one of my own. It’s a VERY loud, “WHAT?”
Lea gives me “one of those looks” from across the room that says, “Just go see what he wants.”
I respond in perfect fashion with a look of my own that says, “It can’t be important, please don’t make me get up!”
Unable to hear me from the bathroom Cooper yells again, but this time it’s: “MOM!”
Thinking that I have just passed-the-buck to Lea, I try hard not to let the smile inside come out where she can see it.
Lea answers Cooper, “What is it?” in her normal soft voice and amazingly he hears her.
“MOM!” Cooper yells, “TELL DAD TO COME HERE!”
Lea can’t hide her smile as she looks at me and says, “He’s calling YOU babe!”
I sit the recliner up, put the TV remote down and remove my warm blanket. Leaving my “happy place” I think to myself, “What could be so important that I’ve got to come RIGHT NOW?”
I enter the bathroom where Cooper is submerged in the tub. I understand now why he couldn’t hear me, the only parts of his body sticking out above water is his nose, eyes and mouth. There is a sparkle of a new idea in his eye as he raises up and says, “Dad, can we go eat breakfast at the Bakery in the morning before school?”
“You called me in here to ask me that?” I said smiling. “Why didn’t you ask me that when you got out of the tub?”
“We’ll it’s REALLY really important,” he said and then added, “and I was afraid I would forget!”
Yes, breakfast at the Bakery was exceptionally good the next morning