“Why can’t I come with you?”
That question had been resonating in
Harry’s mind for the past 12 hours and, despite having very logical
reasoning behind it, he was finding it increasingly hard not to break
down and buy two more plane tickets. His daughter was very good at
persuasion, especially when she was upset, and every cry that came
from her lips lessened Harry’s resolve immensely.
But, you both had decided that this
particular trip was going to be one that you and your daughter sat
out of. Harry was only going to be gone for four days and the weather
forecast for New York wasn’t great; it was just as easy for you to
keep yourself and your daughter at home in London while Harry made
the trek, instead of having to lug both yourselves and tons of extra
warm clothing in case you got stuck there for a few extra days.
Every other trip that Harry had made in
the four years since your daughter had been born, he had made with
the two of you in tow; his schedule was flexible and sparse enough
that adding two extra bodies on a week long trip to LA wasn’t a big
deal. When he had gone on tour for six months, he had brought you
with him; there was no way he was going away that long and leaving
the two loves in his life at home. Your daughter was now used to
being a little jetsetter with daddy and felt quite special whenever
she got to fly in a plane and get “important” orange juice from
the flight attendant in a big-girl cup. You weren’t sure exactly what
her reaction would be in learning that she would be left behind with
you on this trip, but you figured it wouldn’t be good.
You opted to keep the news under wraps
until as close to Harry’s departure time as you could, just to avoid
long, drawn out meltdowns if that were the case. The afternoon
before, you and Harry sat down with her when she was in a good mood
(fed, not in need of a nap and happily playing with toys) and told
her that daddy was going to have to go away for a few days, but that
she would have to stay home with you. Her face immediately dropped in
confusion; this was unheard of, why would daddy be going away without
her? You ALWAYS went with him when he travelled.
“Why can’t I come with you?” she
“Daddy’s only going for a few days
and it’s going to be cold there,” he tried to explain, “You and
mummy wouldn’t have any fun.”
“But I want to come!”
“I know you do, love, but I promise
you’ll be so much happier staying here. You wouldn’t see daddy lots
anyway; he’s got a lot of boring meetings to go to with Uncle Jeff,” Harry explained, crinkling his nose.
“If it’s boring, why don’t you stay
here with me and mummy and Uncle Jeff can go by himself?” she argued.