Dear Sammy (You were so brave last night)

Sammy and Marcel (after Mama C neatened up the hair)/ Mama C and the Boys

Dear Sammy,

Since I know Grampy loves to read the blog in the morning-I thought I’d write this post to you-for after your morning donut and cartoons on the couch. For before you take off on some fantastic adventure with your grandparents! I just wanted to write to you and remind you that: you were so brave last night.

Sleeping at Grammy and Grampy’s– without Mommy or Marcel there–now that takes courage.

Asking Grammy to call me one more time, with  your full heart, and tired out body, to tell me that you missed me too–that was such a strong thing to do! Letting the tears flow, so your body could settle-how powerful to be able to listen to all of you like that!

And Sam, when I sang Swing Low to you over the phone, I could feel you in my arms- and I imagined it was my hand rubbing your back. Your body became so calm, and I heard your breathing quiet. I was right there. Like I’ll be tonight too!

Remember last week when you launched yourself on the flying Taco at the water park–something I was too scared to even approach? You amazed me with your I know I can just like that again last night.

OK enough mommying! Go have another donut, (yes I said you could have TWO) watch some more cartoons, keep Grammy and Grampy on their toes, and don’t forget your hair!

I love you Lamby, and so does your little brother!

Mama and Marcel

PS–when I asked Marcel if he had a good night last night he said; “I would have had more fun even if I didn’t miss my brother so much!”


  1. This is Grammy. We really relish this one on one time with Sam (and all the grandchildren). It’s so very different to be together on our own — even when we need regular help from Mom. We got lots of good reassurance and directions last night, but the big thing is that Sam and Grampy and Grammy figured it out and woke up this morning ready for another adventuresome day. Sam was calm and ready for the next. So, we say thanks to all the parents in the family who go the extra mile to make these special times. Lots of love


  2. Grandparents love having the grandchildren under their roof. Last night and today are good examples of what it takes for all concerned to make it happen. Sam (and his grandparents) have had a good day today and expect another one tomorrow. Thanks, Kate (and Marcel) for making this possible. Grampy.

    • No thank you for giving him the chance to realize all of this independence! Big big move. So happy it is going so well. Am not going to call tonight in fear of tipping things in the hard directions… call me if it feels easy to do so.

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