Join me and others as we write Slices of Life. On Tuesdays I'll be sharing my SOL at the Two Writing Teachers blog. My class is slicing and linking up as well at http://maxandkam.blogspot.com and the SOLs are due most Mondays.
The first hug of the morning is often the best one of the day. Today my four-year-old daughter sleepily opened her door and saw me buttoning my shirt in the hallway. She blinked her eyes in the 'bright' dim light and sleepily wandered towards me. She stopped at my knees and looked up as I reached down.
"Want a hug kiddo?" Sometimes the answer is, "No," and the last thing I want is a grumpy interaction to start the day. Plus I want her to learn at an early age that she does not need to show affection just because someone else wants it. That's why we sometimes forgo a morning hug or allow her to leave her extended family members without giving them a hug and a kiss if she doesn't want to.
But this morning, she raises her arms and smiles a sleepy smile.
The hug is a perfect moment and I'm glad I did not leave early to workout at the gym. She is warm from sleep, radiating heat as she loops her arms around my neck and lays her head on my shoulder. I wish those seconds of oneness and love could last the entire day and I make a conscious effort to just be in that moment. As the hug ends, small part of me secrets the moment within myself, to be pulled out and wrapped around me, later in the day.