After Austin woke up from his nap yesterday, he wanted to talk to me about what happened and why he was so upset. This has not occurred before.
Austin started out by saying "Mommie, when I screamed for you, you came!". "Of course, I came.", I replied. He continued to go on about how upset he was that Kaleigh changed the station he was watching. I took him back to my room to talk to him in private. (Kaleigh is only 3 after all and I don't think that she needs to hear Austin discussing how upset he is with her. She is a very sensitive child, no kidding, really sensitive.) Austin sat on my bed and I told him to call me or just come get me if Kaleigh does something to upset him. I explained that he does not need to get so upset, when I can intervene and fix things easily. He seemed to understand what I was saying. I asked if he was okay, and he said he was, he was not. How can I tell? Well, when Austin is still sad or upset he tries to say "yes" but his little mouth forms the saddest little frown you have ever seen. Seriously, it could make grown men cry. He tries to smile and put on a brave face but he is so upset, the corners of his mouth turn down. He looks so innocent and sweet, not to mention disheartened. Poor little guy. :(
I continued to talk to Austin, meanwhile, tears started to well up in my eyes. I cannot help it. (I wish I could put into words how much I cherish this little boy. He owns my heart, he and Kaleigh.) The more I spoke, the more I teared up. I was only trying to reassure Austin that I am here for him, no matter what! As tears started to roll down my face, Austin started to tear up ... he threw his arms around me and HUGGED ME!!! OMG! OMG! OMG! I just burst into tears! (I am teary now!) My little guy, who usually is so passive to sad emotions, or who will even who giggle nervously when someone cries, felt my pain! Felt empathy! Felt sad for me! His emotions are developing! It is so WONDERFUL! Don't get me wrong, I am not elated because he is sad and crying, but because HE FEELS!!! I cried on and off for hours lastnight ... it is such a breakthrough for Austin.
I feel privileged to have been the one on the other end of that hug and to share tender tears with my sweet, sweet boy!