Little people can cause you pain.

How? You wonder. To begin with, they are stronger than they look. So when you have a little boy with the usual amount of testoterone in him, and you are playing, he’ll punch you in jest and you’ll be thinking, “ouch man!, that hurts…”

I digress.  The pain I was thinking of relates more to rejection and hurts worse than the physical pain from the punch.

The other morning, I was leaving for work and this little boy couldn’t be bothered with me.  He didn’t say “SASA!” in greeting or respond “POA!” when I greeted him.  As if that wasn’t enough, he wasn’t even in the least moved when I said “bye” and took my leave.  He just continued playing and laughing with his nanny.

I went off feeling dejected, thinking, “ouch man! that hurts…” Wondering, has he forgotten I’m his mommy (it’s been a long work week with many late nights), as insecurity set in. It bothered me all day.

Fast forward to the following morning. He barges into my room, jumps into my arms and showers me with kisses. It makes me think, well, perhaps yesterday he had just woken up on the wrong side of bed.

My advice to you, don’t take it personally.  Just be there and spend as much time as you can with the little people in your life, in less time than you know, they won’t even be around to ignore you, they’ll already have flown the coop.