For the last few days Brian and I have been discussing who Ben should live with if something (God forbid) should every happen to us.
It is our most dreaded topic because no one immediately comes to mind as THE ONE or THE FAMILY among our relatives.
In an abstract sort of way I posed the question to Ben. It went something like this...
"Ben, who would you want to live with if mommy and daddy were not around. NOT THAT THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN BECAUSE IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. But just say, if you had to live with someone else - who comes to mind as your number one choice? NOT THAT THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN BECAUSE IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN."
He sat there for a minute and thought about it. His first response was "Oh, I don't know mommy. Some nice family with children and a dog who are really nice."
When I asked him for a specific family or person he said he needed some time to think about it. Ten minutes later he returned to the room and said,
"What about Edward Hopper?"
"I've thought about it. And that is the exact person I want to live with if something happens to you and daddy. He loves to paint and I love to paint. He paints New York and Cape Cod and I paint New York and Cape Cod. He paints pictures of everyday things like warehouses and that's what I want to paint. Just everyday things and he makes them beautiful"
Sometimes my son freaks me out.