Can you talk to him a minute, I say passing the phone over to the boy, I have to run upstairs.
Sure says the husband.
From all the way up the stairs I can hear his voice over the speaker phone mingling with his son's.
Are you having a good day?
Are you reading a book?
Did you drop the phone?
What are you doing now? Are you sitting on the couch?
Are you looking out the window?
Do you see the cat?
Be careful of the cat! Are you petting the cat?
Are you being careful of the cat?
I run down the stairs.
Don't worry I say. He is sitting strapped into his stroller in the middle of the living room. The phone is where he dropped it on the floor. The cat isn't even in the room.
Oh says the husband.
Thanks for occupying him I say.
No problem he says.
Then we say goodbye.