I took today off work.
Technically, today is the day of my dad’s funeral. When you factor in the timezone issue, his funeral was actually Sunday evening at 6pm, and I marked that moment by driving on the freeway with tears streaming down my face.
But today, I had to run an errand to a nearby county’s courthouse to get a copy of my original divorce decree, particularly the part where it references changing from my married name back to my maiden name.
I had the boy with me. He spent last night in my bed and wheezing over my face and still had breathing issues this morning, so I deliberately kept him home today.
(Selfishly, I also wanted the company.)
I told him we were heading to the courthouse and when we arrived and walked inside he whispered, “Where’s President Obama?”
I looked down at him, trying to figure out why he was asking about the president and yet, simultaneously trying to help him navigate the steep steps with his SpongeBob shoes flopping off his feet every second step.
“Who… what? The president? He’s at the White House.”
“Yeah. Where is he?” We made it to the second level and he made a point to peer into every empty room.
“In Washington DC.”
“Where is he?”
“In DC! The president is in the White House in Washington, DC!”
“This… isn’t the White House?”
“No, it’s the court house.”
And then I realised his confusion and I laughed, knowing it would have been a story my dad would have loved to hear.