His statement came at the end of an argument about monitoring their Xbox use, something they bought by pooling their allowance and working jobs for neighbors.
I had just listed, in detail all that I have to monitor. The list was something like this
"I have to make sure you:
get up for school
get ready for school
get to school
get picked up from school
get fed snacks
get fed dinner
get your homework done
get your teeth brushed
get to bed on time...and then
I paused for effect
I have to start all over again the next morning."
And after his comment, I feel like shit.
And then I hug him.
He smiles, gives me a kiss and I know that this burden that he carries as a child without a father will not be too big for him. He walks away returns for a quick hug and then says
"We'll be Okay. We already are."
It is then, on those words, I know he will be Okay. I know because he has that stubborn focus of his father and my tender heart.
He will be OK.