On the phone.
Me: So I’m running a few errands, going to some stores. Do you want to come?
My Mom: No. I think I’ll stay home.
See, I have reason to believe my Mom is depressed. She hates being at home all day. She likes going out. but not alone. Sometimes it takes her days to work up the energy to go anywhere alone. I do everything alone with the boys because if I didn’t, it wouldn’t get done. So I always invite my Mom.
My Mom: If you want, you can leave the boys here.
Me: If you would like me to.
As many of us have learned, kids slow you down by half when running errands. But we had spent all day at her house yesterday as I did laundry because I still don’t have a washing machine.
My Mom: Ask the boys.
Me: They will say yes. They love you.
They will. They do.
Me: Tornado S, do you want to go shopping with Mommy or stay with Grandma?
Tornado S: Stay with Grandma! I stay with Grandma, and Tornado E stays with Grandma!
Me: Tornado E, do you want to stay with Grandma or go shopping with me?
Tornado E: Stay with Grandma! AND I love her!
Tornado S: I love her more than you do, Tornado E!
Tornado E: (pause) Well, I love her more than Mommy does!
Me: (into the phone) Are you sure you want them?