I've spent nights away from the girls, so has Randy. We just hadn't been away together. Until November. We prepared Mia, telling her we would have breakfast with her one day and dinner with her the next. We would only miss one bedtime, just like on date nights we've had. And if she was frightened in the nights, Jocelyn would be here.
Here's a stunningly obvious lesson I have only just figured out – when we assure them of our continuous presence, when we say we will come back soon and we will always come back, we do this for their well-being and peace of mind. Reality and possibility are not important to a four year old. Constant and abiding love is.