Chris had to fly to Jakarta this morning. When Zoë saw Chris' travel bag and saw Chris putting on his shoes, she started crying, "No, Daddy, no. Don't like it!" She was trying to hang on tight to Chris. We had to distract her so that Chris could leave quietly.
Josh is more used to Chris being away on business trips. But that doesn't mean that he likes Chris' absences any better. Today, on the drive back from his swim lessons, he told me that he wants to write Chris a letter and that we should mail it to him, "because I miss him very much." I had to explain that by the time the letter reaches Chris' hotel in Jakarta, he could actually be home here already. Josh misunderstood and told me to "just run very, very fast to the post office so that Daddy can get the letter very quickly."
True to his word, Josh made a "letter" for Chris when we came home. He then asked me for an envelope so that he could post it. I suggested that we fax it to the hotel instead, explaining that this way, Daddy could get it much, much sooner than if we were to mail the letter.
Shortly after we agreed to this, Chris called and Josh got to talk to him. Afterwards, he still insisted on sending out his letter even though he had already spoken to Chris. ..."so that Daddy can see my words and drawing."
Poor Chris. I know he hates to be away and this isn't making it any easier.