This morning I dropped JJ off at school. When we say goodbye we have a huggle and I try to remember to tell him that I’ll pick him up at after school care, or I’ll be at school to pick him up when classes have finished. I remembered to do that this morning.
As we finished our huggle (it’s a cross between a cuddle and a hug) he said, ‘I suppose this is where we have a kiss.’
I said, ‘Yes, of course,’ as we puckered up to kiss each other goodbye.
He’s never ever said this before and while he wasn’t reluctant to kiss me, as I walked off to catch my tram I thought that it probably won’t be too long before he doesn’t want me to kiss him in the school yard any more.
I know it’s a part of growing up, but I’m really going to miss those goodbye kisses. Mind you, I will sneak them in whenever I can. How could you not kiss these lips?
When I was growing up I used to go and kiss my parents good night every night. I even – unknowingly – asked my dad’s cousin to come and give me a kiss one night as he walked in the back door of our house. I was in my room and thought it was dad and was mortified when I realised it was not. But around the time I hit puberty I walked into the lounge room one night and announced to my parents that I was getting too old for kissing them good night and never did it again. I do kiss them hallo and goodbye when I see them now as I don’t see them that often. Dad turns his head away acting all embarrassed but I do it anyway.
Do your kids still kiss you goodbye? If they don’t how old were they when they stopped?