So my hubby started something with my daughter about two years ago and it’s brilliant. He started this thing where whenever Zoey wants to talk about something private with him, she just has to say the word lockdown to him and they go into a room just the two of them and she can talk about whatever it is.
Her brother who’s driving her bonkers.
And I have to admit at first I was a little jealous. I mean she kept saying lockdown and pulling him into rooms to have these awesome private conversations without me, but even though I felt a little left out, I wouldn’t have stopped it for the world. A. I love seeing their close relationship, and B. I always want her to have someone (anyone!!) to talk to when she needs it.
But the other day, something amazing has happened. I was washing dishes in the kitchen and she popped into the room for the first time and said…
ZOEY: Mom, lockdown.
ME: What? Lockdown? Me????!!
I literally dropped a pot in the sink I was so excited and I wiped my wet hands on my pants and sprinted to her room where we shut the door and talked. I’m not gonna share what we talked about because, well, lockdown, but suddenly in the middle of our very private conversation the door burst open.
ZOEY: Holden, get out!!!! We’re having lockdown!!
HOLDEN: I want one!!
ZOEY: GET OUT!!!!
ME: Holden, honey, you’re next. As soon as I’m done with Zoey, I’ll come meet you in your room.
HOLDEN: I want a lockdown too.
ME: Okay, go wait for me and I’ll come in soon.
And Zoey and I talked for a while longer until we were all finished.
ZOEY: Thanks Mom.
And I meant it. ANYTIME. And then I walked to Holden’s room.
ME: Hey, buddy.
And he shut the door and turned off his lights and made us crouch behind his bed.
ME: What do you want to talk about?
HOLDEN: Mom, shhhhhh, we have to be quiet. We’re having a lockdown. There’s a bad guy in the building and we can’t make a sound.
And I immediately realized what he was doing. He was having a lockdown drill like they do at school, you know, in case a person with a gun gets into the building. So I stayed there on the ground for a few minutes being completely silent, but then my mind started to think about real lockdowns and a roomful of students crouched together hiding from a crazed person with a gun and tears started to well up in my eyes. If I stayed there any longer I probably would have burst out crying so I said, “Okay, buddy, lockdown’s over!!”
HOLDEN: Then can we cuddle in bed instead?
So we crawled into his bed and had a little cuddle time.
Because seriously, I’ll take any kind of lockdown I can get with my kids. Whether it’s a serious conversation, or a lockdown drill, or just a little cuddle time. They’re all super important. And even though my hubby came up with the idea of lockdown years ago and it was really just for him and Zoey, if other people want to use it too, that only makes it better.
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