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She falls asleep on my chest: growly little snores escape her body, the first two fingers of her right hand take their preferred place in her mouth, increasingly long pale legs seemingly stretch off to the horizon, fine red hair tickles my neck. A cool breeze and soft afternoon light spill through the window behind the couch we rest on. Her sister is away at a campout and her brother is himself asleep, so we have some rare quiet time in our apartment and she sleeps soundly.

It’s not often I get these times anymore — she’s six and her sister is eight, and naptimes with Daddy happen rarely. My monkeybrain fights me: I feel as if I should get up and do some work or check my email or do any of dozens of other small tasks I use to distract my restless mind.

But I ignore that buzzing and I stay right there on that couch, the weight of this amazing, beautiful, fiercely intelligent (and just as fiercely stubborn) six-year-old on my chest, and I try to remember this moment, for I never have any idea how many more of these moments I’ll get the opportunity to savor.

Written by Allen

May 15th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Posted in Kids

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  1. You've been “kittened” by a 6 year old! I love it!

    And, btw, that's a beautiful description of a magical moment. Thank you for sharing it.

    :) Jo


    16 May 10 at 2:53 am

  2. Hah! I didn't think of it that way, but she totally did, didn't she?

    And thank you — I wanted to capture that moment so I could hold onto it.

    Allen Holt

    16 May 10 at 2:55 am

  3. I have been rereading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Last night, I read “So, the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.” That hit me as an Important Bit as I read it. :-)


    16 May 10 at 1:03 pm

  4. Oh, man. I've had that feeling with kids who aren't even mine, and it's incredibly sweet; I can't even imagine what it's like with your own kids :)


    16 May 10 at 1:43 pm

  5. This is beautiful.


    16 May 10 at 3:40 pm

  6. So cute :)


    16 May 10 at 8:20 pm

  7. Yup. That Gaiman, he's a Wise Man.. :)

    Allen Holt

    16 May 10 at 8:33 pm

  8. Thanks for sharing! Awesome photo.


    17 May 10 at 3:19 pm

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