My car was in the shop and I had just sold Ryan's smaller car. Not to worry though, I had had a sweet 1970 Chevy truck waiting in the garage for me :)
Since the gas gauge doesn't work on the truck and I worried about running out of gas, I wanted to stop and fill it up.
The last time Max had gassed up the car was this time:
...and he LOVED every single minute!!!
As I was pulling up to the gas station:
MAX: Mom, can I help you?
Me: (Not really wanting the "help", but realizing the last time he helped was with Ryan) SsssssssURE...
MAX: Which button Mom? Press this one? THAT one?
Me: No Max, just wait a second... you need to hold on Bud.
I get everything ready and then let Max press the fuel grade button. He tries to do everything and I'm trying my hardest to be patient (Ryan was usually REALLY patient with the kids). I let him put the nozzle into the tank and pull the handle. A custom gas tank had been put in and the gas pump will NOT shut off on its own when it is full. So after a good 45 bucks had been pumped in, I figured there was enough gas and I take out the nozzle to put it back.
MAX: Mom, it needs more gas!!!
Me: No, I think we are good Buddy. I think that's enough.
MAX: No... it needs more!!! It DOES need more!
Me: (As I am putting Max into the truck and getting him buckled in) No, that was enough.
MAX: No it wasn't Mom, because the last time I helped Daddy, he put in more!
Me: Yeah, maybe Daddy did put more in, but really, that was enough.
MAX: Can you call Daddy and ask him? He would know if it needs more.
Me: No bud, we can't call Daddy and ask him.
Me: Because Daddy is in Heaven. We can talk to him anytime, but he won't talk back to us... we can't call.
MAX: Well... you can call Heavenly Father! I'm sure he has the number to call Daddy.
Me: (As tears are streaming down my face...) Yes, we can talk to Heavenly Father anytime too and he always hears us, but there is no number we can call.
MAX: Yes, he has the number to call Daddy. I KNOW he knows the number to call Daddy Mom!
I continue explaining that we can ALWAYS talk to Heavenly Father and Ryan, but there won't be a physical voice speaking back to us or a phone number to call and talk.
Of course, if that was the case, I'd be on the phone ALL the time ;)