The best time of the day for me are those precious minutes after the grand kids have collapsed and before I collapse right behind them. They are bundles of energy, but when that energy is depleted, they deflate like a cheap spare tire that's had too many miles put on it. Last week while school was out for the Thanksgiving holiday that is celebrated here in the US, Maddie looked at me and said in her little girl voice:
"Grammy, would you come lay down with me until I go to sleep?"
She is a restless sleeper, and has a bit of apprehension when she lays down at night. So being the good Grammy I am, I said sure, figuring I would fall asleep too and wake up hours later with my contacts glued to my eyeballs.
But I didn't go to sleep. I lay beside her on the bottom bunk bed for less than 5 minutes, and listened to her breathing slow down, and become rhythmic and even. I looked over at her and realized she had drifted off, just that fast. Then I looked again. At her smooth skin, her innocent face, and how peaceful she looked. I took this photo of her, and when I look at it now, I can remember that moment with perfect clarity.
It also brought back sweet memories of my own children, now long grown to adulthood, and the many nights I tucked them in and told them I loved them, before they went to sleep. Those few minutes each day gave me time to realize that no matter what the day brought, turmoil, happiness, sadness, anger, or laughter, ending the day with peacefulness and quiet time let my babies put their spirits to rest, and prepare for whatever adventure met them the next day.
Quiet time. My time to be thankful for every baby in my life, young or grown. The glue that holds me together.
...life is good.
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