Last week, Cory went to Missouri to train for his new job. Cory has never had a job that required him to do out of town training or business trips. So, this was all new for our family. He was gone from Monday until Friday.
So, on Sunday night, Cory was tucking all the kids in bed and telling them goodbye (he had to leave the house at 5:30 a.m. the next morning). Things went fine with the 3 younger ones, then he went to Morgan's room. She started crying and telling him that she didn't want him to go. He stayed with her for a little while and then came up to our room. He said that she broke his heart. As he was talking, we heard our little Sydney girl make her way up the stairs sniffling and crying. By the time she got to the top, she was all out hyper-ventilating. She also did not want her dad to leave. He gave her a big hug, took her back to bed and scratched her back for a while.
As he was scratching Sydney's back, Morgan came out of her room again all red-faced and upset. I asked her what was wrong. She answered the best she could through her tears that she didn't want daddy to go. I told her that he was only going to be gone for a couple of days. She said, "I know and I am acting like a BABY!!" Poor thing. I reassured her that she was NOT acting like a baby and that she was just showing how much she loves her daddy. So, after Cory was finished scratching Sydney's back, he made his way back to Morgan's room to do the same for her.
For some reason, the other 2 kids didn't really struggle emotionally. But, the 2 that did, really did. I thought it was just the sweetest thing and it really assured me of their relationship with their dad. I love to see these girls grow closer and closer to their dad. It is exactly what they should be doing and it makes me smile.
Oh, one more thing... One of the nights that Cory was gone, Morgan was saying her prayers. Somewhere in the middle she said, "God, help the days not to feel so long when daddy is gone." I thought it was the sweetest thing. I told Cory that the days just feel longer when he is gone.