The rumble of the garage door opening distracts Mr. Baby from his important work stacking plastic rings on a post. His little ears and eyes perk up like daffodils after a Spring rain.
“Dada, dada, dada,” he begins to chant, increasing in volume and force as he bounces up and down.
He toddles over and throws his body into my lap with a demand to be carried to the garage door. Obviously, the mommy taxi can take him where he wants to go faster than his chubby legs can travel.
At this point, I am chopped liver and accept my new designation. It has been a long few days on our own. I carry the tiny tyrant to wait by the garage door and set him down on the rug.
Unfortunately, the entire process takes too long for Mr. Baby and his patience is wearing thin. He flexes into a tripod position and pushes off of the ground and up to stand. He bangs his fists against the door. He hears the movement of a suitcase, the shuffling of feet and the slam of a car door.
At last, the door knob turns and Mr. Baby’s father appears, travelworn and weary, but glad to be home.
“Hey guys, I missed you.”
He brings his bags inside, pushes his suitcase out of the way and kneels to hug Mr. Baby.
Mr. Baby holds his arms out and then pivots to chase the rolling suitcase. He laughs as he makes off with it down the hallway and leaves his father, open armed and crestfallen.
Suddenly, Mr. Baby is back without the suitcase and running into daddy’s arms.
Somedays, we have to laugh to keep from crying as parenthood continues to surprise, delight, crush and challenge us. Today is one of these days that we can just laugh.