October 31, 2009

Ghosts, Goblins and Sweetness in the Nighttime

A few nights ago, my four-year-old daughter woke up sobbing from a bad dream. She climbed up in bed with me, which is her norm most nights -- bad dream or not.

She said to me, through heart-wrenching sobs, "Mommy, a ghost was trying to get me. A mean, mean, scary ghost. He was trying to EAT MY TOES."

Yikes, that did sound bad.

She went on, "If that ghost eats my toes, I won't be able to walk."

Hard to argue with that.

"And then the ghost was trying to eat my eyes. And if he eats my eyes, I won't be able to see."

The worries keep piling on.

So, I said to her, "Baby, your mommy is strong and tough. And if some ghost or monster ever did try to come into this house, I would TACKLE him to the ground, wrap him up and take him straight to jail."

She looked up at me, with the tears rolling down her cheeks, and after one great big breath said:

"Ohhhhh, THANKS, Mama."

And all was well.

October 28, 2009

What I wouldn't give ....

What I wouldn't give, my little boy, as I lie in the bed next to you waiting for you to drift off to sleep .....

What I wouldn't give, as I keep my arm wrapped around you, knowing that if I move it, you will grab it and put it precisely back the way you want it, with my fingers caressing your shoulder .....

What I wouldn't give, as I hum softly into your ear, keeping tune with the classical music playing from the CD player on your dresser .....

To know what images are floating through your mind.

I press my forehead into yours. Our noses are touching.

And I wonder ...

What is it that you think about as you drift off to sleep?
What is it that you dream about in the middle of the night?
What is it that you want to know when you wake up with that beautiful smile each morning?

Oh, my sweet boy, what I wouldn't give to know.