Softly Spoken Secret
My eldest daughter quietly knocked on my bedroom door. As she entered smiling, she slid into bed with me for a good night snuggle. Just one of the many " I don't want to go to bed just yet" tactics.
She said, "Mommy, do you miss anything when you blink your eyes?" ... "absolutely" I replied. She continued, "how can that be? That's way too fast to miss anything important." I held her close to me, because I know even this moment was fleeting, and said "sweetheart, it all goes by fast. Just yesterday you were this serious little baby and now your a independent young lady. To me, it happened in the blink of an eye." She thought for a moment and said, "you mean like when we are on vacation, how it always seems too short because we are having so much fun." ..."Something like that" I replied. She thought for a moment then said, " you know what that means Mommy, we have to keep our eyes open and pay attention..."
I agreed... we continued to talk and read together until she fell asleep. While she slept, I couldn't help but to think about what she said, and as I watched her sleep I didn't even want to blink, knowing I would never get this time again.
A. Malakah Williams