Thursday, September 23, 2010

Honesty Time

Papa introducing Caleb to one of his colleagues.

The calendar says it's the first day of autumn, but I'm not sure if summer got the message. In the least, summer's making autumn feel very unwelcome by refusing to leave. Temperatures soared to 90 degrees accompanied by gusts of wind that shuffled the heat to and fro. My emotions teetered between annoyed and grateful that summer was here for at least another day.

Caleb and I spent our warm evening cool and comfortable within the confines of Sahm's Tavern and Grill. The restaurant played host to a retirement party for my father. We snacked on finger foods, and devoured cake slices smothered in icing. Caleb enjoyed meeting papa's colleagues, and informed a group of judges of his future aspirations to become a herpetologist (which they all found rather amusing).

At the end of the night, the temperature had cooled to pleasant. I asked Caleb if he'd like to walk around downtown for a bit (quite a novelty for the both of us). He agreed, and we strolled among the tall buildings and urban dwellings. We chatted briefly. Well, I talked while Caleb looked around and mumbled his replies.

At the end of the walk, I said, "Caleb, I love you."

No response.

I continued, "Caleb, do you love mom and dad too?" I know, even writing it sounds pathetic, but I was curious.

He paused for a moment, and then said, "I'm still trying to figure it out."

It wasn't the response I was hoping. He didn't enthusiastically shout "yes" while embracing me in a bear hug and planting a kiss on my cheek. But, it was Caleb and he was honest. I guess the truth is we're still trying to figure him out too. In the mean time, I know without a shadow of a doubt we love him whether he gets us or not.

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