Got to hang out with Caden today as he was not feeling well - we stayed in all morning, went for a walk on the beach later, then sat and looked at the waves. We sat there together without saying much of anything, and when it was time to go back he walked next to me and kept pace on the 1-2 mile walk to the car without saying one negative word.
If Sevilla had been there they would have complained and whined together, but alone with me he took it all in his stride. We moved comfortably and said nothing as we walked.
He is my dreamer, my introvert, my barefoot hippie. I have working-mommy-guilt on their sick days as I worry about taking time off work, but at the end of the day I am selfishly, blissfully glad for the one-on-one time.