Saturday, January 30, 2010

The UNSleep-Over

Holden wanted to spend the night with friends last night. They were going to stay up all night playing World of Warcraft. He brought his laptop and was really excited. He asked us to call him at 10:00pm to check on him. At about 9:30 p.m. he group invited his dad on WoW. I was in the room with my husband when the invite came. It was pretty cool. Daddy typed to Holden that we missed him and hoped he was having a good time. At 9:40 p.m. Holden called saying he was ready to come home. Husband said he'd be there to get him in 20 minutes. When Cliff arrived he was at the door with his laptop in the case and his coat was on. By 10:05 p.m. Holden was home. There was no complaining from us. We didn't guilt him into coming home. We told him he could call us if he changed his mind. It was all no big deal. The next morning he told me he didn't miss home until he accidentally group invited his dad to play WoW with him. And then his eyes reddened when he told me what his dad whispered to him-- through chat on the game--about us missing him. I asked if he felt guilty and that is why he wanted to come home. He said, no. It made me want to cry when I saw the raw emotion and love for us in his eyes. It was such a sentimental moment to hear how he felt. He really wants to try another sleep-over again soon. But for now I think he is happy to have friends come here to spend the night.


dairyqueen said...

Aww Heather, this reminds me of my own childhood sleepovers. I did the same thing as Holden. My parents also didn't make a big deal of it, just came and got me. No guilt, no problems. I loved going... just not so much the staying part. Love all the love!

Heather's Moving Castle said...

That is so sweet DQ (SL)! I'm glad to know there are other parents out there who adore(d) their kids!!! All my sleepovers were close by when I was a young one, so I never had these issues.