My favorite things
Within minutes of each other, they sleep, my beauties. Peanut is draped across my belly, while Loaf dozes and turns on her side. I keep reading for a few minutes more, ensuring they're deep in slumber's grasp.
I set the book down and continue sitting. I stroke Peanut's hair and twirl my fingers on Loaf's back.
This is, they say, the season of peace. But too often, it becomes a season of stress, hassle and rush.
Tonight I sat in a silent room with my daughters draped around me. I let the many things I have to do wait. I stopped the madness and let life crawl to me for a change. I let the stillness wash over me, wiped the to-do list from my mind and absorbed the present - fully and completely.
A gift to myself: Time. Memory. Harmony. Family. Peace.
Try finding that at the mall this holiday season.