One thing I've noticed while Erik has been gone is that Kellan and I have had more detailed conversations. It makes a big difference when there's one less person at the dinner table. We talk constantly all day long, but dinner seems the time when we really focus on what happened that day.
I don't know if I'm asking him more questions or if he's been more willing to open up, but he's sharing more about school and how he's feeling. He even asked me why I don't listen to him all the time, when I expect ask him to listen to me all the time. I'm pretty sure he's referring to a time earlier today, when he kept asking me to find a toy when I was trying to get some writing done. I did tell him I'd try my best to be a better listener if he tried his best too. I hope that was the right answer.