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I Love You And I Don’t Want You To Die

by Christine@TheAums on June 23, 2012 · 29 comments

My three-year-old is so sweet. I love this age and stage of her life.

If I say, “I love you, Palauma,” she immediately responds, “I love YOU, Mama,” with just the right amount of insanely cute squeak in her voice, and she never misses a beat.

If I sing, “Mama loves Palauma, ” she’ll croon right back, “Palauma loves Mama.”

Lately, though, she’s been adding a little something extra to her declarations of love.

The other day I said, “I love you,” to which she replied, “I love you, too. And I don’t want you to die.

Whoa…Wha? Where did that come from?

She says it a lot now and it’s really starting to creep me out. Maybe because she says it with a huge, squinty-eyed, almost fake smile. That and the fact that when I walk through the door after work, or even a short run, she runs up to hug me and says, “I’m glad you made it back, mama.” Really? Was there a chance I wouldn’t? Does she know something I don’t?

Sure, none of us knows when our number will be up, but that doesn’t stop me from imagining my golden years. And, of course, in my old age I picture at least one of my kids taking care of me…one of the perks of having 4 kids, right? Since there’s a 1 in 4 chance that duty will befall my youngest, I might as well plant the seeds of her fate now.

She recently caught me having a pity party about grown up things, like saaay…our future financial security. I was crying my eyes out when she brought me an almond and asked, “Mama, will this feel you better?” I hugged her close, then looked her in the eyes,

“When you’re a grown up, you’ll take care of me, right?”

She squealed, “Yeah! I’ll take care of you mama, and you take care of me cuz I’m a baby!”

“Oh yeah…how do I take care of you?”

“You feed me. You go get me to sleep. You wake up me. You help put on me a dress. You get me on the toilet to go pee. You get me on the toilet again to go poop. You get my little shoes on and you pick me up and we go outside. You make a happy face and I make happy face.”

And I did, right then and there, break into a happy face. Even when she added, “And I don’t want you to die.”

Proof that it's not all doomsday around here.

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MJ from iNeedaPlaydate June 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

This is so sweet (even if she is afraid you won’t return). And, I just love the photo!
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Christine@TheAums June 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Thanks so much Mary!

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angel tsunami June 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm

If we’re being honest, I don’t want you to die either.

There. I said it.

angel
xoxox

P.S. Definitely don’t die before the bonfire party and the color me rad race. Those things sound fun.

P.P.S. I like all my friends alive. But I love all my besties LIVELY. Soooo, your current required live status has been bumped up.

P.P.P.S. All of us Tsunamis have fun animal face hats. Aums and Tsunamis rock.

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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Angel, I have a feeling Aums and Tsunamis have a lot of future fun in store for them, and I want to be around for all of it!

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grandma June 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

Ok Christine…..I guess you are the one for me….but grandpa said he is on his own or maybe Paul will have that honor

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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I accept my fate :)

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Leah June 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

so sweet and yes, sort of creepy! She’s not a child of the corn is she?? Just kidding. I love your hats!
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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Leah, you totally get my gist…total Children of the Corn moment, every single time!

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Jessica June 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

What a sweet girl. I’m thinking I need a hat just like yours.
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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

It originally belonged to my husband but I loved it so much b/c it didn’t crush my hair…so I had to steal it.

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Jessica June 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

This is so sweet and sad, but mostly sweet. I love the love of children and their innocence. It always humbles me. Always.

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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

It really was sweet to hear her tell me how I take care of her…3 year olds tell it like it is.

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Amber June 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

Awww that is sweet. She loves her Mama.

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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

And her mama loves her!

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Stasha June 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love your writing and I don’t want it to die ( sounds even creepier when a middle aged woman says it) . You two are cute to the max.
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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Lol, Stasha! It would be creepy if I just started adding that phrase after everything. (To my husband)…Don’t forget to take out the trash, and I don’t want you to die.

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Stasha June 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

i just LOLed. Now, really. Belly jiggling kinda LOL…
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Angus June 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

AAaawww……..
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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Aummmm…….

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Runnermom-jen June 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Oh goodness…I love that picture! My 6 year old talks about death and dying a lot lately too…hoping it’s just a phase he’ll grow out of soon.
xo
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Christine@TheAums June 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Jen, my 3 y.o. adding this phrase to her repertoire has opened up many a conversation about death lately with all the Aumies. Can’t believe I’m actually craving potty talk again!

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OT and ET June 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

yeah, that’s a little creepy but ultimately really sweet. <3
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Christine@TheAums June 27, 2012 at 6:33 am

So sweet, especially in her high-pitched squeaky voice. Love having these deep conversations with her :)

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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles June 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That is so cute! My son started with some comments like that around age four. I was just glad he didn’t want me to die.
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Christine@TheAums July 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

Yeah, I’d say that’s always a good thing :)

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Jeanne July 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hahahaha I’m crying and laughing at the same time! This is adorable! You crack me up
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Amber @ Backwards Life August 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thank you for sending me this link. I laughed out loud at some of the situations you wrote about. Kids get so caught up in weird obsesions. Mabe you’re right and it IS an age related stage. Mine’s also obsessed with killing flies.

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Christine@TheAums August 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

You’re welcome! I keep hearing from parents of the 2.5 to 3.5 crowd that their kids are talking about death…but none of them seem to mention them doing it with a creepy smile on their face…that must just be my kid.

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