Emara and I spent two hours last night sitting on the floor enjoying eachother before she went to bed. We giggled while she grabbed my nose and hair and mouth. She rolled back and forth surprising herself with every flip flop. Our dogs licked her face and she pulled on their ears. She wobbled on her feet while she held onto my fingers. She stared in amazement as I made different noises and waved my arms around in the air. She took a bath and watched her legs kick and splash and she shrieked when I squirted water out of a little plastic whale. She tried chewing on her towel as I put her lotion on and then with a red face and little grunt, took a tinkle before I had the chance to stick a diaper on her. We cuddled up in a little blanket and read a few books, shared lots of smiles and then I sang her our special lullaby until she drifted off to sleep.
The world stops for her.
There are a lot of things that I want to do…that I think matters…Things that are important to my well being…my health…my heart… Friendships that deserve time…Conversations that deserve depth…People that need help…There are communities that need change…Churches that need volunteers…Jobs that require attention…Homes that require upkeep…
But, for right now. I have a daughter. and a husband. That for them?
The world will stop.
And no apologies will ever be made for that.