Coming Home

  1. cheesehead4ever says:

    That is so sweet.  I’m tearing up right now!  I have two girls and while one has experienced many sleepovers, my youngest (the major Mommy’s girl) isn’t quite old enough yet.  I can foresee the same kind of situation with her!

  2. rubberbacon says:

    Awww, that’s a cute story.

  3. amandamagee says:

    Dang, now I’m crying. I remember lying in my friend’s bed, my head touching a wall that faced my house, which was right across the street. I took deep breaths wanting to go home, but willing myself to ride it out. I love what you said to her.

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember that in second and third grades, there were a lot of sleepovers and at least one girl always had to go home in the middle of the night.  😀

  4. “You can always come back home– any time you want.” She smiled gratefully and wrapped her arms around my neck.“Any time you want,” I repeated, hugging her tightly.”

    OMG I started bawling when I read the above passage.  Guess I was due for a good cry.

  5. Kimberly says:

    This story made me a little teary-eyed.  How sweet!

  6. NancyB says:

    Very sweet! She will have so many more chances and slowly is a good way. She doesn’t want to miss out on what’s going on at home!

    My didn’t allow us to sleep over anyone’s house when we were young. In 8th grade I told her that my sister and I WERE going to my best friend’s sleep over birthday party and we did. I think she didn’t want to reciprocate for anyone else’s kids.

    My son on the other hand would sleep over night at a friends house starting when he was 4 or so if we were going out and they were taking care of him. He’s always been super independent – happy to go, happy to be home.

  7. Liz says:

    This story is just too sweet! 

  8. Liz Miller says:

    I highly recommend “Ira Sleeps Over”, in which Ira goes to sleep over at his friend’s house next door, after dithering all day about whether or not to bring his bear. I think that Punky will really appreciate it.

  9. Margaret says:

    Aww…sweet Punky–and sweet mommy, too!  I tell you, knowing that I could *always* com home made it a lot easier to do just that after I broke up with my live-in boyfriend at 18.  I realize of course that you are YEARS away from this (if it were ever to happen in the first place), but just knowing it’s OK to come home?  Makes all the difference in the world.

  10. so sweet!
    I remember when my 24 y/o did that when she was Punky’s age…and then years later when she asked to come home after moving out into the big, bad, bold adult world.

    • Anonymous says:

      Awww. Bittersweet. 🙂

      • it is…it was. but although she did come home because she needed to, she was so relieved and glad that she could. she told me some of her friends claimed that their folks would never let them if they were in the same situation. The good news is she did get back up on her own two feet and finally flew the nest to make her dreams come true and build her own nest.

  11. Kimberwidmer says:

    Girl… Kleenex alert! Melted my heart. What a little sweetheart!

  12. Awww… so sweet, Lindsay!

  13. Andrea says:

    Add me to the list of people who got teary reading this!    

  14. Boo Hoo. Not a good read for the second day back at work from maternity leave. I have all boys, too, so I probably won’t get this experience. You’re lucky. A girl is yours forever…

  15. Amandastokely says:

    Lindsay,you are an amazing mother!!! I love reading your posts. Thank you for this one.

  16. Knewman4 says:

    Bwaaaaa….crying here.  My kids have been doing sleep overs for awhile as part of a parents/date childcare swap, but it’s a good point that they have the rest of their lives to be away from us!  

  17. NancyB says:

    Lovely story – my son was always happy to go, but glad to be home.  Even at 21 and (almost) on his own I welcome him back with a hug and a kiss.

  18. Miriam says:

    Awesome!  I never thought to tell my kids they could always come home when they were little.  But now that they are older – 12 & 15 – we tell them over and over, “We will always come get you.  Anywhere, anytime, no questions asked, no consequences. Call us and we will be on the road in 5 minutes.”  My parents told me the same thing as a teen and I can think of one occasion when it quite possibly saved my life. 

  19. Jenna says:

    ok…This made me cry. You are such a wonderful mother 🙂


  20. Rachael1013 says:

    Perfect response.  I have a tear.

  21. Melissa says:

    I love your stories about your kids. Punky is such a special little lady. A very old soul in a very young girl. 🙂 She seems to see and understand and express things we normally don’t expect from someone her age. But yet, she’s still very much a little girl.

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