June 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
For me, this was a weird day. I had to leave early this morning for a business trip in Kentucky.
So instead of taking you to and from school, I was across the state line. By the time I got home, you were already asleep.
My only interaction with you was saying goodbye to you at the front door.
While that may not seem like such a big deal, it is for me.
Today just felt wrong without you.
I feel kind of sad. I feel kind of wrong. I mean, I had to go for work- so I did what I was supposed to.
And I know I’ll see you in a few hours when we both wake up. But seriously, not seeing you for a day is just plain odd.
My day went great. It was very productive. I got a whole lot done. But I was aware the whole time that something was missing- it was you.
Since you’re only 3 and a half and are obviously way too young for a cell phone, it’s not like I could text you to say I miss you or even call you to a donkey noise to make you laugh.
So I settled for Mommy promising me that she would tell you good night from me as she put you to bed.
It only makes sense that if research shows that kids make men happy, as the infographic below explains, that I would be less happy when I’m not around you for a day.
I believe it. I have been psychologically conditioned to associate feeling happy and fulfilled with having interaction with you.
Without that, I’m like an actor on stage who suddenly forgot his lines. I’m staring into the blinding spotlight, trying to find you in the audience.
Infographic courtesy of Happify: