The other night as I was tucking Lili into bed she asked if I was going to stay upstairs with her. I told her I was going to head downstairs to do the dinner dishes.

"And then you will come back and snuggle with me?"

I was about to say of course (a fib), knowing she would be asleep in a matter of minutes. When I looked at her all long-legged and sleepy-eyed snuggled on the bed~ I had one of those moments of clarity. I saw the fleetingness of this time. How long will I be able to cuddle with my two year old Lilikoi? And I crawled into her toddler bed and wrapped my arms around her.

As she was falling asleep she ran her hand back and forth softly over the bare skin on my shoulder like a mantra. Her fingers were warm and my skin was cool.

She fell asleep within five minutes.


Anonymous said...

Bless you, bless you, bless you. (and oh, how Lili looks like you in this photo...)


jessica louise said...

that is a lovely story, kelcey. it gives me goose bumps. and is such a good reminder about what's important. thank you!

Anonymous said...

So beautiful and true and sweet, my dear one. Isn't it good to remember the fleeting nature of childhood? I've been lately trying to make those words NOT a fib, and spend some time curled up in her bed with her before I go to mine. I hope that she can feel my presence, even though she is sleeping soundly.
xo, c

Erin said...

So sweet :-) Thanks for reminding me to live in the moment. It's good to slow down and just be.

chris said...

what a beautiful moment to share with us. Lili's a lucky little girl to have a mother who's as wise as you are.

Jill said...

You are a wise mother to be in the moment with your girl. God is good to remind us that our time is fleeting.
You are a loved lady!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Beautiful. For you both.

Kathleen said...

I miss those days and they sure are precious! Brought back some lovely memories! Glad you left the dishes. I left them a LOT;)

BeccaB said...

This is what is important in our lives. Thank you for reminding me of this.