On Saturday evening, Chris and I left baby G with a babysitter. We have used a babysitter in the past, but this time we left before bedtime, before she was in her crib for the night. All day long, we talked up the babysitter. She is coming over to play with you! Isn't that fun? You can read books together...play legos...yay!
But as we were getting ready, Gioia went to the cupboard and got out her own shoes. She even put them on. When the babysitter arrived, Gioia happily called out her name. But after a few minutes, she figured it out. We weren't taking her with us. I looked over at little G, sitting small on the couch, glancing between us and the babysitter. And I saw her eyes well up with tears. Tears of knowing. Of recognition.
She survived our leaving that night. Everything worked out fine. But in that moment of stillness and tears, my heart broke for her a little bit.
This picture is my Every Day in May 5.
Labels: MissG, photography