late night conversations

Ever wonder what your 3-4 year old is thinking? Malin told me last night, “You don’t cry much, mom. But I remember one time that you cried… when we still lived up at the big house… I can still see the pictures in my head. I remember thinking, ‘I bet she would cry if I ran away,’ so I ran off in the woods.”

I asked her if she went very far and if we came looking for her. She said she went up by the waterslide, but not very far, and she remembers us calling for her. So strange…. to hear that story from her perspective 3 or 4 years later…. I don’t even remember it.

In that same conversation we got onto the subject of divorce. Malin said to me, “I’m glad you and daddy never divorced. If you ever have to… I hope it’s not til I’m grown up and have my own house.”

I told her that she doesn’t have anything to worry about, and then told her a little bit about her heritage. The couples in our family history have the excellent habit of staying married and staying in love. That’s a gift that I don’t take for granted.


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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2 Responses to late night conversations

  1. Becky Noble says:

    Ruthie, I remember the 1st day we saw you and Roger when you guys moved here. You only had the one son then. You all were so nice and we were scared thinking you all was over the camp now and may not want us playing with Toby there. I could never have been more wrong. It was almost like you had known us forever. Now the 2 of you have been blessed with 2boys and 2girls. You put your faith in God. For that you and Roger deserve to be commended you are the real thing.We Love You Guys.


  2. A most excellent habit! You have some very lucky daughters.


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