Jay got home from school camp today and is so happy to be home. He walked over to the car after school with a big grin and waved as he saw me. He jumped in the car and gave me a big hug and looked really well and happy. He was so excited to tell me all the things they got up to, and was especially excited to tell me about the talent night last night, and how three of the male teachers did a hilarious skit. Half way through telling me about it he said 'they remind me of Dad's sense of humour Mum - they were so funny'.
Then as we were driving home tonight he asked 'so how have you been Mum?'. I told him I had been 'good' and that work was fun and asked him if he was worried about me, and he said he was. I feel bad that the takes on so much responsibility and was worried about how I had been. I think being the eldest in the family, and especially being Noah's big brother, has made him take on extra responsibility without us realising how much pressure it had put him under at times.
Tonight at bed time there were lots of hugs and tears as he told me that he really missed me and just wanted someone to cuddle. I laughed and asked him why he didn't hug his friend Rani, and he said 'cause he's not my Mum'.
It's so nice to have him home again, where I know I can give him a hug when he needs one (which is very often at the moment). I'm also proud of him that he could go away on camp at such a hard time, and was so glad that he was able to have some fun.