Elian is starting preschool next week. We went to visit his school last week and he loved it but still I'm nervous. I'm not ready! I want him to be a big boy who talks and uses the toilet but I want my baby too. Where did my baby go? Who is this little monster that screams "Noooooooooooo!" all day long. Why can't I have it all?
I had to work out this conundrum via e-mail with my friend Renee.
MLE: Elian is starting preschool soon. I think I'm going to have a nervous breakdown. I'm not ready.
Renee: My daughter is taking her DRIVING test next week. Just hold it together until you get out of the school. Then go to the parking lot, get out your Les Miserables CD and crank up "I dreamed a dream"
MLE: Did I ever tell you that my Mom once cried while listening to that song on the way to school. We made fun of her forever!
Renee: Of course you did. Everything comes full circle. You know, like the Lion King.
MLE: Sometimes we hold up Elian above our heads and yell "Simba!" for fun.
MLE: It's a little weird over at Casa Perez.
Renee: That's okay. You're just adding to his repertoire of crazy family stories.