I'm afraid that when last I spoke of my beloved mother-in-law Mommy I was worrying/whining about her decidedly non-Mommylike behavior over the summer. She was not at her best.
So in order to return Mommy to her place in all of your minds as the Sweetest Mother-in-Law Evah, I would like to share a voicemail she left for me the other day. Jude had called her from his phone to say hi, which delights her tremendously. I'll suddenly hear him talking in the other room, thinking it's one of his friends, but then I'll realize that he's called Grandma and Grandpa. It's really darling. So anyway, after this one particularly long conversation she left me the following message, which I am transcribing word-for-word. Enjoy...
Gretchen? It's me. Just called you to tell you...thank you so much
for such a beautiful grandson. He. Is. A. Marvel. I just started to cry
because he speaks so good and knows so much. And this is all part
of you and spending so much time with him. I thank you. Oh I can't
believe he's so smart and so beautiful. Ah! Thanks again. I had
to call you to tell you that. We had a wonderful conversation.
I told him 'Jude I love ya so much, call me whenever ya can.'
Okay, babe. Thanks a lot. Tootleoo.
Can you stand it? So dear. Don't you just want to give her a hug? And yes, Mommy really does say "Tootleoo". Lucky me.