Today I took Alexander to a Dr. Suess party, an event put on through the county's recreation department. I thought it was a "parent participation" class, but when we got there I realized that I had been wrong. It was in a familiar building with a familiar teacher, so I figured Alexander wouldn't have much of a problem with me leaving, but I was slightly concerned since I hadn't been able to give him any pre-warning. So...
Me: Alexander, it seems like this is the type of class where the kids stay here while the parents leave for a while. So I'll stay for a few more minutes and then Jack and I are going to leave and you'll stay here. Does that sound okay?
Alexander: Oh, yeah, it's okay if you leave.
Me: Okay, I'll stay for a couple minutes and then I'll leave, and I'll be back in just an hour.
Alexander: Oh, Mommy, just leave.