I picked up Cooper (2nd grade) from school on Friday. He was unusually quiet.
ME: “What’s wrong?”
COOPER: “Nothing,” he said, but not convincingly.
COOPER: “When is Parker moving away to go to college?”
ME: “It will be a few more weeks.”
Big tears began to well-up in his eyes and roll down his cheeks.
ME: “You okay, buddy?”
COOPER: “Yeah, I’m going to miss Parker,” as he wipes tears from his eyes.
ME: “But he’ll come back often, and it’ll be like he’s not even gone.”
COOPER: “I know, but I’m still going to miss him.”
ME: “Me too, Coop, me too.”
Sometimes being part of a family hurts.