Ice Cream Dreaming
|She dressed herself. Love this girl's style!|
It always seems to strike at just the wrong moment. When I am in the middle of doing something. When things are just perfect and I want to record the moment forever, inspiration strikes.
But it is always inconvenient. Because I am in the middle of doing something, I can't leave to write down the thoughts in my head. So I make a mental note, promising myself I will record it later. And then I put the kids to bed, and sit down, ready to open my computer, and realize I am completely wiped out. Both in thoughts and energy. I have no desire to open my computer and want only to close my eyes and rest.
And so days go by, and I record nothing. I am thinking I need to change my strategy.
Last night, though, Faye made me laugh so hard.
Jeffrey and I had just gotten home from Wing-man-ing it for a good friend. It was late, and we went to check on the kids.
Keith was sprawled on his bed, a baby blanket flung across his neck, like a scarf billowing in the wind. I smiled, pulled it off of him, pulled his blankets up, and nuzzled his sweet chubby cheeks. I love those cheeks. It will be a sad day when they thin out. His hands are already losing their chub, which is a sad day. I breathed him in deeply, and climbed the ladder to Faye's bed.
She was completely uncovered and curled up in a ball, her head just off her pillow. I reached up to move her back onto her pillow, as I usually do, and she sat up. I worried that I had awakened her. She was all sweaty and warm and beautiful. I told her to lay down, and she mumbled something.
I asked her to repeat herself, she lifted her hand which was held tightly in a fist, said "I just want one more lick of my ice cream. Just one more." and she began licking her hand, as if it were holding and ice cream cone. I couldn't handle it, I dropped myself down from the ladder and ran into my bedroom, holding the laughter in until I nearly burst. I laughed and laughed in my room, while Jeffrey stayed, trying to help her lay back down. Eventually I was able to regain control and went back into her room. She was still sitting up and muttering about ice cream while licking her hand. I climbed back up, rubbed her back and murmured to her about how sweet she is, how much I love her. She eventually lay back down, her hand away from her mouth, and she nestled back onto her pillow. I pulled her blankets up around her, kissed her sweet cheeks, and together, Jeffrey and I left the children in their dreams, knowing they were happy and safe.
I am so glad I was able to record that moment with my kids, and really hope I can figure out a way to record the moments as they happen.