A moment in time
So today as I worked at the computer, I was surprised to find her standing next to me, her small hand on my arm.
"Hi Mom," she said, resting her head against my shoulder.
"Well, hello. What's up?" I inquired expecting a request for a snack or a drink.
"Nothing. I just wanted to see you."
I lifted her into my lap and she curled into it like a large kitten. Placing her ear against my heart, she closed her eyes and lay still against me.
"Are you OK?" I asked. "Is everything alright?"
"Yes, everything is fine, Mommy. I just wanted to be near you."
We sat like that for several minutes, her head resting against me, one hand flat on my chest. I rocked slowly back and forth and stroked her hair. Every now and then I leaned over and placed the softest of kisses on her forehead.
"You know, when you were a baby, you used to sit like this all the time," I told her. "You even slept like this."
She said nothing, but pressed in harder.
"It's so nice. I'm so lucky to have this moment with you to remember what you were like way back then," I continued.
She sat up, smiled at me and without a word, hopped off my lap and ran off. I sat in my chair and watched her go. For several minutes, I did nothing but relish the moment, trying to burn its sweetness into my permanent memory.
I hope to teach my daughter many things as she grows, but today she taught me something: Remember to slow down, stop, enjoy and cherish what you have. Even if only for a moment.