“I can make it up to you.”
So I could prepare a decent gift.
But then he seemed to know what I was thinking and he said, “did you buy me a present today?”
“I want the present you bought today. You don’t need to buy another one. Now you have to take a picture of the present you bought today.”
Sean said decisively.
His voice was firm and I couldn’t refuse.
I looked at the ugly brown paper bag and was a little upset.
I didn’t speak, and he said, “take a picture of it as soon as you hang up. I want it. I don’t want anything else.”
His words made me a little confused. I looked at the bag and squinted, “do you know what I bought for you?”
“No.” Sean denied, but he said, “I like anything you buy, so you don’t need to buy anything else.”
But Sean didn’t lack anything.
I reached out and touched the bag and nodded, “OK, I see.”
“Since you’re going to make it up to me, I can choose the place, right?”
“I’ll send you the time and place in a few days.”
I promised decisively.
I wanted to celebrate his birthday with him.
A birthday only celebrated by two of us.
Philip came to my house that weekend. But he didn’t come to pick up his luggage. He came to apologize to me.
I had packed his bags for him.
When he came, I had put his luggage at the door.
Philip saw his luggage and froze. He said, “Becky, I did something wrong that day. I was so impulsive. I…”
“No.” I smiled, “no, it’s not your fault. I think you should have a better future. You’re going to have a winter vacation soon. It’s the last semester of your university after the winter vacation. If you don’t get a job, don’t delay your time here.”
“No, I am voluntary. I can find a job after graduation.”
“That’s not good. If you don’t find a job before graduation, I will only think that I delayed you. I will feel more guilty.”
I said decisively.
Lester stood by and listened to our conversation and blinked, “what’s the matter? Is Philip leaving?”
I squatted down and took Lester’s little hand and said to him, “Philip is going to graduate from university and enter a new company and do the work he likes, so let’s bless Philip together, OK?”
“Becky, if I don’t come on weekends and holidays, who will take care of Lester?”
Philip seemed a little reluctant.
I knew he didn’t want to go.
But if he stayed at my home, he would have hope and his life would get worse.
I disagreed. “Don’t worry. I’ll have a new nanny. And he has grown up. He will go to primary school in September this year. He can take care of himself.”
“Becky.” Philip bit his lip and said sadly, “please let me stay. I promise I won’t have any other ideas, and I will definitely find a job next semester! Now I have been invited by several companies. I just need to promise one.”
“I don’t want Philip to go either!”
Little Lester knew nothing. He thought I was going to drive Philip away!
I had no choice but to squat down. I pulled Lester to me and hesitated and whispered to him, “if Philip stays, Dad won’t come home.”
Lester opened his mouth and suddenly said to Philip, “Philip, I think you need to pay attention to your career. I have grown up. I can take care of myself.”
He talked like an adult.
Philip looked at me and he was confused. “What did you say to him?”
“Secret.” I smiled and stood up. “Well, I’ll take you back to school with Lester. I’ll get in touch with you if I need your help later.”
Philip didn’t want to, but Lester changed his mind. There seemed no reason for him to stay here.
He had no choice but to agree to my last offer.
Philip didn’t talk all the way. I could see that he was very depressed.
I didn’t comfort him. At this time, my comfort may be the most useless.
As we approached school, Philip said, “Becky, can I ask you why you cried that day?”
It happened to be a red light.
I parked in front of the red light and squinted at him. “Do you want to know?”
I smiled and didn’t want to hide it and said, “because I had claustrophobia. I thought I’d recovered, but it recurred.”
Philip was surprised, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I don’t know!”
“It doesn’t matter. I don’t blame you. I hit you that day. We don’t owe each other.”
I regretted that I slapped Philip that day.
But his behavior that day may be romantic to the students, but I thought it was a little naive.
When the car arrived at the school gate, Philip took out his suitcase and apologized, “Becky, shall we meet again later?”
I was sure.
Philip looked relaxed. He bowed. “Thank you for taking care of me these days. I have caused you trouble before. If you need my help later, I will be on call.”
With that, he gave me the key to my house and turned away.
When Philip left, Lester immediately asked me, “Mom, when will Dad come back?”
“I don’t know.”
“What? You lied to me! I’m going to Philip!”
Little Lester was angry!
I grabbed him and picked him up and shoved him into the car. I put him in the child seat and said, “Philip didn’t even find a job to take care of you. He is a college student. How could he take care of you all his life?”
“Let’s go. Mom will take you to pizza and make it up to you.”
Lester agreed immediately.
This weekend, I realized that Philip was very important for me and Lester.
I played games with Lester. I died many times in the game, so Lester hated me.
When I died for the fourteenth time, Lester was even more angry, “mom is so stupid. I’m going to get Philip back!”