Let me tell you about Bo’s list.
Maybe list is a poor description. A love hierarchy might be a better way to describe it, since numbering things at any given moment might get complicated.
There are Stanleys [his motley crue of loveys, which he stuffs in his mouth to the point that sometimes he appears to be gagging himself].
Lollipops. Any flavor. Sometimes I give him the pineapple just because I know no one else will eat them.
Chocolate Milk. [Choc. Choc. Choc? Ma-ma? Choc. 6:30am and he is pushing my glasses into my hand so I can see to make his Choc.]
Bubble Bath! Which is good, because he also loves to make a gigantic mess. Any mess involving jelly is just a bonus.
Daddy‘s definitely on the list. His position fluctuates depending on whether he is just walking in the door [list position: above lollipops] or making him go to bed [list position: below having fingernails clipped].
Pretty and Grandma Moose enjoy pretty lofty status, too. But grandmothers don’t ever have to say no, either, so what would one expect?
I’m somewhere between choo-choo trains and fingernail clipping myself.
But there has never been a question, not one single day since he was able to track objects with his eyes, about who is at the top of his love hierarchy.
Her name is his favorite word: Buck Buck.
When I get him up from nap every day, I nuzzle his cool cheeks and attempt to cover him with kisses. Meanwhile, he’s giving me the stiff arm to the face, wiggling to the floor, and yelling the usual Buck Buck! while he toddles away from me.
On the first day of school Mary Bullock ran off toward her classroom without saying good-bye, and he yelled down the breezeway:
Until she came back to hug and kiss him.
Don’t get the wrong idea– there is still a lot of pinching, hair pulling, and toy squabbling around here. But his forgiveness for her is bottomless, and his grudges are [so far] short lived.
I hope it is this way with them forever.
I hope she’s always at the top of his list.
I hope on her wedding day, he toasts her, calls her Buck Buck, and tries not to cry.