Often when I pick up Bug at school we'll go to the playground and see children from his class or our next door neighbor may show up
Typically, Bug may go down the slide a couple of times with his friends but then he's happy to dig and create roads in the sand by himself as opposed to playing with the other kids. THIS is a huge improvement from the fall when he would simply dig his fingers into my leg at the playground and hide behind me,
So I was happy that Bug initiated wanting to see Mat.
Until last night...
I had been at an adoption meeting (not for a second child or anything interesting--just a volunteer meeting) and Donnie told me about this conversation with Bug:
Bug: I can't wait to see Mat.
Donnie: Yeah, that will be fun to play with Mat.
Bug: No, I don't want to play with Mat...I want to play with Mat's toys.
When I heard that, I could almost see the autumn leaves and feel a clawing deep in my thigh as if I were back at the playground.