A first invisible friend has made it's appearance at the Smith house recently. Reid is really struggling to adapt to Parker being gone three hours a day. Truthfully, he sleeps most of the time that Parker's gone, but when he's awake, he doesn't know what to do with himself.
The first week of school was quite an adjustment for Reid. Of all the people I expected to shed tears, it certainly wasn't Reid. Everyone else adapted quite nicely. Parker is thriving. I'm thriving (though this new schedule has severely limited my blogging time). And Reid is struggling. I hadn't considered that it would be so hard for him. I thought he would relish a few moments a week to himself. He cried some very sad tears the first couple days of preschool. We dropped Parker off and he would silently sob in the back of the car on the way home...shoulders shaking, lip trembling, tears flooding his face kind of sob. Then by about day three or four, he screamed at the preschool door and screamed all they way home. It caused much more of a scene, but I knew we were making progress. It wasn't the really sad tears. He hasn't cried much since...though he did today.
On the days Reid wakes up from his nap early enough to squeeze in a little play time before we have to get Parker from school, Reid doesn't know what to do with himself. He has never had to play alone. It's like he doesn't even know how. I'm surprised. Reid seems to live in his own world a good portion of the time anyway. So the first day he had time to play by himself, he kind of wandered for a bit not knowing what to do. Then I heard him chatting...and see him sharing his trains. He told be that he was giving "Gordon and Henry" to his friend, Bobo. He sat and played nicely with Bobo clear up until it was time to get Parker.
Since then, he has let me know that Bobo's full name is Bobo Grayden Smith. (Funny because playing with Grayden is completely out of the question...Reid pretends Gray doesn't exist...unless he breaks his train tracks or something.) And a few more friends occasionally stop by to play...namely superheros. They are around any time Parker is gone or asleep or something.
I'm amazed at how nicely he can get along with his pretend friends. I wish I could see a little more of that with his brothers.