Saturday, March 31, 2012

Home Alone

Don't judge.

A few weeks ago I let Calvin stay at home alone for ten minutes. He was burned out from a doctor's appointment in the big city and we still had to go to Nana's house to pick up the Littlers. He started whining that he just wanted to go home, so I tossed out one of my well-played "options".

"You don't want to drive six more minutes to Nana's house? Okay. Do you just want to stay home alone?" Because of course he wouldn't want to stay home alone. He'd be terrified!

So I clearly wasn't expecting him to get all saucer-eyed and smiley at the prospect.

I'll admit it, I had a strange amount of freedom at a pretty young age. The freedoms, they make little sense, in hindsight. For example: I was not allowed to watch Smurfs. I was allowed to walk to a movie theater to see Star Wars with my brother when I was in the 2nd grade. I was not allowed to go to dances in Junior High. I was allowed to fly to Belgium for a month with one adult and three other kids when I was 11.

All of that to say, I have nothing but admiration and a tiny hint of perplexity for the way I was parented. And yes, times have changed, blah blah blah. I try to find the balance. But I really like encouraging independence.

So - I let the boy stay. I knew Cory was on his way home from work. He'd be there in about ten minutes. At the very last moment, I remembered that we don't have a land line and handed Calvin my cell. (I'm practically the poster Mom for safety and responsibility!) I told him, "If you need anything, push this green button and you'll call Daddy."

I swear he looked a little power-drunk as he walked alone through the back door.

Later, after we were all reunited and every small person was counted and logged, Cory told me that Calvin had called him on his way home from work. Just to chat. Cory's signal dropped and Calvin called him right back, but it went straight to voice mail. In Cory's words, "I almost cried listening to his message."

I can't even tell you how many times we've listened since then.

And I get it - you probably aren't interested in hearing a random voice mail from a random kid that you don't know. But last week I stumbled on this post. I had forgotten all about Bolly Bobo. I wouldn't have thought it possible at the time, but were it not for that old post, the memory would be buried under a pile of laundry and dirt and salsa. I was reminded all over again why I really blog. It's to remember.

But seriously? My boy's voice is the cutest thing this side of the Mississippi, so you should probably have a listen.



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88 comments:

  1. Oh my word! That was adorable! Listening to him stumble over available and offering to have cereal and coffee (but it's totally up to you!) - so sweet!

    And I leave my kiddos at home for brief stints too. We live right around the corner from the grocery store. Sometimes it's easier to leave at least some of them home when I just need milk. I get it.

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  2. That is just the sweetest message ever!! You have to save that forever to:)

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  3. That's pretty much the most adorable thing I've ever heard.

    This reminds me of a story my in-laws tell me about my husband. When their boys were about Calvin's age (my husband has a brother 2 years older) they'd leave them home alone for 10 minutes at a time as a "test." They'd really just look in the window to see how the boys handled it. Typically his older brother was in charge so one day they switched it up and put Jon in charge.

    When they got home ten minutes later Jon was sprawled out on the living room floor surrounded by his Halloween candy. When they asked him what he thought he was doing he simply responded, "You said I was in charge."

    It sounds like 7ish-year-old boys are all adorable when left home alone for the first time!

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  4. Oh my word, the YUMMY! I can hardly get past the offer of cereal and coffee, and how sweet he is to make himself available to Dad ;) I have recently determined I'm in love with 7-year-old boys, and this only solidifies my position!

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  5. Umm, *I* just almost cried a little. There are so many brilliant one liners in there, I can't even quote my fav. What a peach, that Calvin boy.

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  6. Oh my goodness, that IS the cutest thing ever! You think he listens when you're on the phone? lol :)

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  7. You should title that call "It's totally up to you." And the avail-avail-avail-available part---oh my word! I HOWLED!

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  8. I loved it...that was awesome!! The unicorn is smiling ; )

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  9. Oh my gosh this is the cutest thing I have ever heard in my whole entire life. OH MY GOODNESS that kid is the cutest thing ever. This seriously made my night. Seriously. I can not stop smiling. I will be available to answer your call!!!!!! Oh my goodness!

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  10. Oh, Silas, you sure made me smile and even laugh a little. How cute was that message. He was so proud of being home alone. Adorable.

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  11. (1) Your boy is fantabulous. (2) Seriously, so cute. (3) Why do children's voices sound so nice recorded, but most adults hate the sound of their own? (4) I wasn't allowed to watch Casper when it came out but was allowed to go to Panama for 4 weeks when I was 14, with a bunch of people my parents never met. (5) I think you're a nice mama. A good mama. (6) Seriously. I can't get over the cuteness!

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  12. Laughing my head off! We listened to it 3 times! I love him!Quick,get him a cell phone now. He has totally proven himself. :)

    I'm right there with you watching Muppet Babies while all of our friends are watching Smurfs.

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  13. Did he say he'd be available to answer Cory's call "Very briefly"? How adorable.

    The whole thing= adorable.

    I love how many times he says "it's up to you". Emerson's "word" for awhile was "actually" and it was...you guessed it..DARLING.

    Clearly, he was feeling very adult and drunk with power for a few of those ten minutes.

    Terribly cute. And oddly enough, I DO feel like I know Calvin! I realize I do not and if he were to ever meet me, I would be a stranger. But I get that he used to have a "deep and abiding love" for shrimp- perhaps he still does!

    Cutest.

    There's a comedian that said something about parenting in the 70's and 80's and it went something like "We were gone ALL day, from sun up to sundown! I recall going back home at around 8pm and my dad asking 'Son..you in for the night?' and me saying 'No dad..just getting a flashlight'" My older cousin also seems to think "I don't think that they really WANTED us home! We were gone all day." I recall stuff like that. Things I would never allow my nephew to do OR my future child. Can you imagine? "Calvin...just check in around 6pm. Have fun today!"

    I watched Smurfs every Saturday morning at 8AM. Gargamel and Azriel (sp?) were scary.

    Thanks for sharing that message! Cute quotient for the day has been SURPASSED!

    xoxo~

    TT

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  14. I see a very big desk and a secretary on the other side of the door in Calvin's future. So businesslike and professional. So polite and well spoken. What a wonderful little nugget to be able to have in your back pocket years down the road. We only have a very few recordings of our girls and we watch them over and over again. First time alone... and you have this token of a memory. Just really special.
    Dana

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  15. oh Shannan, I die. You can tell Calvin that he killed a young woman from Canada with his hysterical phone etiquette.

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  16. I don't laugh out loud often in blog land...but my word that kid is DARLING!! If he had a few copies of him self I'd take one!!

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  17. Oh, no smurfs for this girl either. Yet I remember watching episodes of Dallas with my parents. Go figure.

    Lacey says "it is up to you" all of the time and I <3 it. I love that you will always have that sweet message. You can hear the innocence and it makes me want to stop time with my little people. Or maybe we'll wait until after Reid is potty trained to do that.

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  18. Cutest voice mail ever....I would keep it forever and for always!

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  19. that minute and twenty-three seconds just made my whole weekend.

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  20. Best phone message ever! :) I would never judge! My 7th grade daughter just came home from going to a movie with her "boyfriend"! So, I have NO room to judge! Daddy drove them there and his mom drove them home... Yikes... I am not sure I was ready for this one! LOL A funny note... She had chapped lips before the movie and asked her dad to stop at Walgreen's for some chap-stick...Daddy told her there was not time to stop and got her some after she got home...LOL Go Daddy!

    Thanks for sharing <3

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  21. Hysterical! This little voice made my night. Precious. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Oh my word, that was sweet and funny!

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  23. Way Cute! Melts your heart for sure.I got my book today, so excited! I already started reading it.Thanks again, Kim

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  24. Do you think Calvin would have coffee with me? Maybe play legos? Totally up to you of course.

    Get that kid a cell phone, STAT!

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  25. hilarious. calvin is a gem. so glad i did random this morning.

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  26. oh. my. head.
    absolutely adorable. and he sounds like such a big boy, "sittin' here all alone." makes me want to leave my kids with instructions to call and leave me a voice mail :-)
    have a blessed day!
    steph

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  27. OMG! So super cute. I love the language, and that he'd be able to answer Dad's call, "goodly" - and that he mentioned that he was alone, and that no-one's here, and things are good. . . . Feeling so grown up. Cute, cute, CUTE!

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  28. Oh my- so cute! I want to have coffee!! I let my 8 yo and 6 yo stay alone while Irun to the dump, 2 miles up the road. It still freaks me out- but I may leave him my cell next time!

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  29. That made my day! Sweetest thing ever! Wouldn't be surprised if that gem went viral. So.Good. xo

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  30. From the mouths of babes! Too precious, save it! My favorite word of yours is "Littlers" and Calvin's is avail avail avail available!

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  31. Love it! He is adorable. :) I was raised in a similar fashion, no Smurfs, no dances, but also no curfew. My parents trusted me and fostered independence and I really appreciate that now. ~Maria

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  32. I'm not making a judgement but since this is a public blog I would pull this post. There are laws against leaving young children home alone even when you take precautions which you did. I am a regular follower so you know I'm not a troll. Calvin's voice is adorable.

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    1. I'm not making a judgment either but "judgment" has no "e." Neither does "lightning" btw. :)

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    2. You're right. I don't know how I missed it :)

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    3. Actually, judgement can be spelled either way :) So you are both correct.

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  33. That was the cutest thing I've heard in my life! ....or at least this week! Growing up on a farm in NE, the four of us were left 'alone' in the house on numerous occasions when mom and dad had something that needed their attention. It was our unoffical "let's jump on the bed time!" because that was, of course, forbidden!

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  34. That is the cutest thing! I had to play it again for my hubby after I told him about it.

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  35. Too, too cute! Makes me want to go out and mail him a bag of shrimp chips (don't know if he's still into them).

    I see that one of your readers warned you of it being against the law to leave kids alone at home. Obviously you can't leave a two year old at home, but law doesn't specify any age when it comes to leaving kids home alone. It's parents' discretion. Even the states that post a specific age provide it as a guideline only. I only know because my husband who works for the police department gets phone calls about it all the time.

    I'll only judge you when you and Cory go on a two-week European vacation leaving Silas in charge! ;-)

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  36. Yup, that voicemail pretty much melted my heart! I bet Calvin felt so proud of himself :) Thanks for sharing!!!

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  37. oh my. That definetly goes into the top 5 blog posts from anyone ever! What a handsome little blessing he is! You can tell he loves his daddy!

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  38. Oh my word he is the best boy ever! Loved that! Thanks for sharing your boy with all of us!

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  39. That is darn near the cutest thing I've ever heard!!!!! Just precious!

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  40. How sweet that he wanted to call his daddy & was so thoughtful instead of running around the house eating treats, jumping on the couch or doing whatever he wasn't supposed to do! Shows what a sweet heart he has!

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  41. Oh my goodness! That is the most adorable thing I've ever heard. I just love your kids! Hearing stories about your kids and listening to voice mails like this, make me look forward to having kids someday. I couldn't make out all of the individual words, but did he seriously invite "Dad" to play legos or drink coffee with him? That is precious!!!

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  42. that is the greatest message ever!! so glad you found a way to save it!

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  43. He sounded like such a hot shot, a little business like at times!! How sweet!! Loved the offer for cereal and coffee!!!

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  44. :) So grown up. And absolutely precious!

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  45. That's the cutest thing I've heard in a while ... he's so grown up! Thanks for the smile!

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  46. Such a sweet post! Something to save for eva and eva! Oh dear, did I spell that wrong....I do hope the grammar police doesn't read this:)

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  47. He is a TRIP!!!! Hahaha- I love it.

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  48. It's been a rough day. and I just listened to this and it made things better. Thanks!! :)

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  49. Glad you shared the message...glad I listened.
    :)

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  50. do you think if I gave him my phone number that he would leave an equally hilarious message?

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  51. What a keeper! Seriously that is the cutest message I've ever heard. And like Tina, I busted up at the "I'll be available very briefly" followed by the correction (I think) to "I'll be available very goodly" or something. Oh Calvin. How I love thee! He clearly knows his dad...love the bit about the coffee! HA!

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  52. ps. leave him home more so we can hear more messages! :)

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  53. so stinking cute! those are the things that are priceless - and makes modern technology so WORTH IT!! my mom just played me an old message my son left for her about 5 years ago (he is now 14) priceless - so sweet!

    Hope you have a great day!
    xoTiffany

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  54. I am dying!!!! This is too dang cute! "I will be available to answer your call." I love it!!!!

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  55. Well, this? This is a TREASURE. "It's totally up to you" What a little man. He is scrumptious!

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  56. i admit it, i listened a couple of times. too many great one liners in there to number - priceless!

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  57. I've snuck away to the public library to catch up and would you believe I can't pull the message up?! What a rip off. :) But I will totally listen when we return to the 21st century. So glad your house plans are coming along, too. Any beige in the works?

    No Smurfs for us either, surprise, surprise! (And no Scooby-Doo, since it gave my brother nightmares.)

    All your littles are so adorable! If you're ever in FL, we'll have to have a playdate. :)

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  58. That was the cutest message ever! You need to save it for sure, love his little voice.

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  59. Could he possibly be ANY more adorable??! No! My husband and I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed listening to your sweet son! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. I think you should leave him home more often. that was totally worth it. And also? This is super adorable. i'd go on about it's adorable-ness but I have a 4 year old who is moaning and groaning in the kitchen. I don't think there's a reason for it, but i should probably check.

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  61. Well isn't he all grown up and responsible!!! How sweet :)

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  62. Calvin is going to be an awesome professional one day! How sweet. <3

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  63. the sweetest boy in the world! so glad you shared!

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  64. I've "stalked" you for a couple of years now and have never posted anything. It's time....
    THAT is the absolute most scrumdiddlyumptious boy there EVER was.

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  65. Just getting caught up on some of my favorite blogs (yours is definitely among them!), and I cannot tell you how happy this post makes me. I will be chuckling all day over this one.

    "As I was saying, I'm home alone." Oh really, big boy?? :) I want to squeeze him tight!

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  66. So, I cried,too. Very, very precious.

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  67. there are no words to discribe that cuteness! my, oh my. "very briefly." hahaha

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  68. Cutest thing ever, seriously. You will be so glad you saved this, oh my goodness!

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  69. love you Calvin! would eat cereal & drink coffee with you anytime!

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  70. "I'll be available to take your call" had me laughing so hard I had to bite my finger and I've never done that before! : )

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  71. You can almost hear him growing up in 1 minute and 23 seconds! I had to listen twice just to soak in the adorableness. You are obviously raising a responsible, thoughtful and precious young man.

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  72. I can't stand the cuteness. Thanks for making me smile today, Calvin!

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  73. What everybody else said, because I can't see my keyboard through my tears well enough to type more. TOO precious!

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