Please enjoy this Family First musical story inspired by Half of My Heart (John Mayer).
“I want to give you Half of My Heart!” My little cousin crawled onto the chair at the kitchen table beside me.
“Excuse me?” I chuckled. She held out two halves of a chocolate heart melting in her palms. I smiled. “Oh, I couldn’t possibly take what’s yours.”
“That’s okay, I didn’t really want to give it to you. We’re leaning about numbers in school and I wanted to show you how smart I am.” She licked both halves of the chocolate, then devoured them.
“Thanks, Suzie. Should you be eating chocolate this early?” I put down my phone and grabbed a wet cloth from the sink.
“Auntie J says I can choose what I have for breakfast.”
“I don’t think that’s what she had in mind. Are you excited for me to babysit you tonight?”
She squirmed as I cleaned her hands and face. “I want my Mommy and Daddy.”
“I can help you build forts, and read you princess stories. Some of them I can make up all on my own. How often do Mommy and Daddy do that for you?”
“I hate princesses.”
“We have to play Cops and Robbers.”
I pulled her into my lap and hugged her while she tried to escape. “I remember playing that game with my brother when I was little. He was so mad when I always outsmarted him.”
“Boys are icky. When can I see Mommy and Daddy?”
“We’re a great team, don’t you think? Our combined imaginations can rule the world.”
“Mommy and Daddy!” She balled her fists and pounded them against my arms.
I bounced her on my knee to calm her, but it didn’t work. “You and I are going to have so much fun together. We can go to the tree house and pretend we’re on a pirate ship.”
“Do they not love me anymore?”
My heart sank into my stomach. “Of course they love you, but they’re… working through some things in their relationship. You’ll go home on Monday.”
She looked at me with tired eyes. “Do you still love me?”
“I do,” I hugged her as she pushed off my chest to jump down. “Let’s get you some real breakfast.” I walked to the cupboard to grab a cereal box. I watched Suzie play with a toy truck, oblivious to her parents splitting. “My parents are my heroes,” I said, even if she wasn’t listening, “No matter what, your parents will be the same for you too.”
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