“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Saturday, January 10, 2009

it’s very late and you’ve been tucked into bed by daddy and i pop my head into your room and feel your unsettledness and so i lie down next to you, and you tell me that sometimes you feel scared at night and you ask for sam who is still watching a movie with daddy and so i ask shall i stay with you while you fall asleep? and i reassure you that sam will come to bed soon and for now claudie-audie-the-super-undie-man is with you, and you explain that he isn’t really real and i say that i think that he’s rather special with his super undies and i giggle about his tail at the back of him and you get the joke and say the p-word as i laugh and try to pop my hand over your mouth so that the word comes out all squishy, and we lie side by side in our happiness and i rub your back in gentle circles and tell you that i love you so much and you say that you love me more and i say that i know. so we lie there, and i breathe you in and stroke your back and all of a sudden your whole body relaxes as you tuck claudie into the crook of your elbow and wrap up in the cotton sheet that came from granny’s place and your breathing lengthens and your face sweetens and i brush the wisps from your forehead, the same blonde wisps that you wanted to cut off tonight, and i nip out and grab the camera and sneak back in to flash a quick snap

and you have already slipped into slumbering depths and don’t even stir, and i think about tomorrow morning which will be welcomed by your vigour and bounce cos you’re always the first one to arise and you'll come and lie side by side with me and daddy in our bed and you'll talk us awake just as i talked you to sleep tonight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Too sweet. I also sent my littlest into slumber tonight. Bliss.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww so gorgeous.

My youngest actually falls asleep speaking. It's so funny to watch -he is midway through a rambly sort of sentence and it just trails off. I am sure he just carries on where he left off when he wakes in the morning - midsentence.

2:42 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Sometimes life can be perfect...

2:44 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Awww, this is so beautiful! My little Sophie has a delightful habit of climbing into our bed in the morning and talking us awake too - there's no better sound in the world!

Your words should be tucked away for when he's a big boy to remind him of how much love and devotion went into his growing! Magic!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh sigh, what a lovely post. There are just so adorable when they are sleeping, I can often loose myself looking at my little sleeping beauties.... you are such a GREAT mum..... X

11:20 AM  
Anonymous sarah bean said...

aww sweetness x

2:01 PM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

oh bless you both
your such a good mum Katie :)
hes lucky


7:57 PM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

im still here
been swaying and dancing in my chair to your music
such sweet summer nights with a mum like you :)

8:01 PM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Talking to sleep is far preferable to talking awake!! The joys of being a mummy.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

So delicious... and just the reminder I needed after a bit of a screamer of a day. Daddy is at work today and we're all heading back to my bed with a stack of pancakes. Oh and I must tell you... Woz is making a holiday book called My Favrit Five Things and M is one of them. Right up there with Kerosene Creek and swimming with the dolphins!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous teeni said...

Aw, so cute how the situation reverses in the morning. What a cutie! :)

8:50 AM  

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