I’m referring of course to “The Godfather” and his gorgeous wife; Matty and Tessa, who blessed us with a fun filled visit this past weekend.
My child can be rather selective about who he chooses to subject his affections to. Like a tight fisted scrooge who still possesses his first dollar, Harrison keeps his cards close to his chest and only allows in close a small number of people. So while Matty and Tessa mean the world to The Husband and I, it was no guarantee that my boy would heed the same preference. I mean, just ask his disgruntled Aunty Shez, one of my all time most loved and favoured people, and Harrison treats her with a distinct nonchalance! His lukewarm behaviour is thankfully thawing but the distance we have between our homes doesn’t help. Slowly however the relationship is forming – I’ll keep pushing to help it grow strong!
But with Matty George, it was instant. Akin to an unconditional love at first sight type of attraction, where their personalities just clicked. You’d have been forgiven for thinking they saw one another on a daily basis, such was the tight bond they instantly formed. For 48 hours, it was “Matty coming…”, “Look Matty…”, “Matty, Matty, MATTY!” at every available opportunity! Hell, he even climbed into bed with he and Tess to read a story Sunday morning – something the Husband and I have NEVER had the pleasure of enjoying. I even hesitantly attempted to instate this action Monday morning, but alas, to no avail. It would seem unless you are a 6-foot plus giant with ginger hair it’s really just not the same…
And Tess did get a look in eventually too. With her being so beautifully fond of him, I was relieved he returned her affections. Being a boy’s boy though denoted his devotion to his Godfather but Aunty Tess sure got given a shining too as well!
The toughest thing is the absence that we now have in our lives. Living so far apart is hard on us, but its just plain heartbreaking for Harrison. How do you explain to him that these people, who he clearly adores, have swept in like a hurricane of happiness into his little world, only to vanish again after 48 hours? It’s the same with all the people we hold near and dear. I struggle to reconcile the fact myself when I know I wont see people I cherish again for some time, so I can only imagine its triple the distress for my son.
The only perspective I can take from all of this is that while we don’t have quantity time with the ones we love the most, when we share time together, its always quality. You never get a chance to take a moment for granted because you know how very precious and rare these chances to be together are.
So Matty and Tess, our truly beautiful friends, thank you for a fun filled few days, overflowing with much laughter and love. Rest assured you have secured a special place in Harrison’s heart forever more.