Thursday, August 28, 2008

Now ... Take Off That Halo ... And GO. TO. SLEEP!


"What will 2nd grade be like," Alexis asks, while lying in the bed next to me.


I look over at my sweet girl. "It will be just like 1st grade - only a little bit harder and a little more work," I offer.


"But ... what kind of math will there be?"


"Oh ... addition and subtraction and maybe some multiplication," I say.


"Which is the one with the X?" she rolls onto her tummy and looks up with inquisitive eyes.


"That's multiplication," I explain.


We are lying in bed - me trying to go to sleep. But - not her. Her mind is racing with many thoughts and many questions.


"When I was in Pre-K," she begins to ramble. "I rode a white horse."


"I don't remember that," I say.


"Yes," she shakes her head. "It was a white horse. There was a black one that I liked better - but, I didn't get that one - I rode the white horse. And, I touched a chicken," and then she said the word chicken about 20 times and giggled like crazy.


"When they brought the petting zoo to your school?" I ask.


"Yes - don't you remember?"


"I really don't," I confess.


"Yes - I touched a chicken - and a pig," she giggles again.


"Wow," I say.


"Mama," she is now lying on her back and looking up at the ceiling. "Have you ever touched a pig?" she waits for my answer.


I see only the silhouette of her face in the darkness of the room. The light from the bathroom shines through a small crack in the closed door. She wiggles and squirms. She rubs her nose. She waits.


"I have never touched a bar of gold," I say.

"I have never put my foot in the Pacific Ocean."

"I have never shaken the hand of anyone famous."

"And ... I have never ... touched a pig."


She laughs.


"But ..." I interrupt her laughter and place my hand over her hand. "Do you know what I have touched?"


"What?" she gets all excited and sits straight up in the bed. The light from the bathroom shines through and off and all around the baby fine hair on her head. Her teeth shine brightly in the dark room - as I can see her huge smile.


I touch her again.


I smile.


I say ...


"I have definitely ... touched a lot of angels," and I squeeze her tiny hand in mine.



"No you haven't," she laughs.

"But ... I have," I say.


"I'm touching one ... right now."









On the upside ... And then I say, "Now ... take off that halo ... and GO. TO. SLEEP!

More wiggling and angelic giggling in the dark room.

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65 comments:

TheCynicalOptimist said...

Too too sweet! Oh how they grow!

Crystal D said...

Oh Kellan what a sweet relationship you have with your youngest daughter. You are a such a lucky mom, but I know you already know that!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Oh my goodness, so sweet! You are such a lovely mom, and that has got to be one of the cutest baby photos ever. What a darling.

Nancy said...

That photo ... an angel indeed!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Awww, what a sweet post. One of those special mommy times.

Melissa said...

Aww, how sweet is that!!

Eileen said...

So very sweet. Love those nightly mother daughter chats, especially when they are that age. I too, have touched many angel faces. Wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

XOXOXO

Suzanne said...

This is adorable. I will have to recite it myself...soon.
Thanks for sharing.
Suz.

My boys are Army Brats said...

Beautifully written and just think now it's a moment etched in time bloggy-style!

What a sweet thing to say and I bet it calmed her fears even if it was just a little!

And I love the snap back to reality!

tammy said...

Oh that is so sweet. Don't you love the conversations that happen at bedtime? Kids can remember everything!

LaskiGal said...

And Ms. Sappy Pants re-enters the building.

That's OK. I like her . . .

What an absolutely darling post. So sweet.

Dawn said...

What a beautiful conversation. You're such a wonderful Mama Kellan!

The Fritz Facts said...

You are such a wonderful mom!! I love reading your little conversations. They are so special.

Jocasta said...

What a lovely conversation!

Why have you not touched a pig?

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

What a precious post. Thank you for sharing.

Talk to you soon,
Tami

dani said...

so sweet!!! i hope she will always remember you telling her that, kellan:)
love,
dani

Darla said...

Darling! You are such of a neat mom! Neat conversation. :)

MamáChanga said...

Oh gosh, that was such a darling post! What a wonderful mom you are. I too have touched many angels in my lifetime, and I'm so happy that many of them have touched me back (especially my 2 little ones) forever leaving their tiny little imprints on my soul.

Hugs & Blessings!

JCK said...

Oh, Kellan, this was just...beautiful. Lovely.

Amanda said...

She definitely is a little angel!

Amanda said...

How sweet Kellan!
l,
Amanda x

Kathy said...

I think that this just may be my favorite post of yours. They are all good, but yes, this is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

LOVE IT!! How sweet!

Hallie

Tara said...

Awwwww....

Laura said...

HOw sweet is that??? You are the best Mommy! Hope the first day of Grade 1 went well.

Ellyn said...

I love those mommy moments.

Brenda said...

Precious words about a precious relationship. Beautiful.

mannequin said...

What a "touching" moment. Seriously, that is a wonderful description of a wonderful precious moment.
:^)

JenniBeanV said...

Awww! So sweet!

Jen said...

What a perfect, wonderful moment, and beautifully told! And, that baby picture is too cute!

Sally said...

Precious moments. There's nothing like them in the world. Awesome.

Kel said...

What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing Kellan.
Have a wonderful day.
~K

Amy said...

That was beautiful, Kellan!:)

duchess said...

How sweet. I love those bedtime conversations - they're the best.

Hope you're having a great day.

Queen of My Domain said...

We all have our sweet angels around us. We just need to remember it more.

Queen of My Domain said...

We all have our sweet angels around us. We just need to remember it more.

Courtney said...

How sweet and hopefully you got some sleep that night!

Kaci said...

Awhhh Kellan that was so sweet!! Bless her!

Tanja said...

I love those sweet, bedtime conversations. Oh, how I wish we could keep them this little forever...

Kami said...

Pure sweetness!

And I just have to say that I can now say that I touched a bar of gold! Of course it was chained down and the security guard was helping us...:-)

Joanna said...

So cute! You're such a good mom. I would have fallen asleep while she was talking!

Amanda said...

Such a sweet story! It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharring!

sting said...

awww.. you are so sweet.. and your daughter is so lucky to have such a wonderful mum like you :-)

Smoochiefrog said...

That's so sweet!

It reminds me of yesterday when I feel asleep holding the hand of my youngest.

Good times!

Eagles' Wings said...

Such sweet words to a a sweet girl.

Pregnantly Plump said...

How sweet! What a nice sentiment! And just wanted to share that I have shaken (shook?) hands with a celebrity? When I was little George H.W. Bush was running for president and came to my hometown. He walked down a line shaking different kids' hands, and mine was the one he picked out of my group! That's my big brush with fame.

OHmommy said...

Awww... that is so sweet Kellan. I am going to have to remember that conversation for myself. It was so sweet.

Valarie said...

Awwww, Kellan, I am totally fighting back tears! That was so great!

My Wonderful Men said...

That was so sweet!

forgetfulone said...

Oh, that is such a sweeeet post!

Kelsey said...

Aww that is just too sweet! Made me tear up!

Sandra Carvalho said...

So sweet!!!
She's a lil' cutie pie!
God bless her!
xoxo

Leah said...

what a precious picture of her as a baby!!!

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

That is so sweet. Sounds like you have good moments of nice sweet angelic moments with your kids.

KEEP BELIEVING

AirmanMom said...

Thank you for sharing such a precious moment...how lucky you are to have it in writing.
Don't blink...the time slips away too fast!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Donna said...

Alright Now young lady!!!Hahahahaaa...This one was a Throat Grabber!!!.....GEEZ.....where's that darn tissue box.....hahahahahhaaa......hughugs

MamaGeek said...

That picture + this sentiment = PERFECTION.

You've done good Kellan. :)

Michelle said...

Awwww, that's so sweet! And I still think that's my favorite picture of a small child ever! So gorgeous.

Good luck to her on her first day!

Hyphen Mama said...

*dabs misty eyes*

These things just come to you? You're the BEST MOM EVER!

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

What a great post! I love it.

Monogram Queen said...

That is TOO sweet! Celebrities...so over-rated but Angels.... breathtaking!

Cattigan said...

That's one of my favorite posts!

Stacie said...

that made me tear up...the night before school had my daughter up and wondering about all the possiblities of 2nd grade too. She was "soo excited and nervous" she said.

I hope Alexis' day was as great as my daughter's day was!

bichonpawz said...

You have beautiful conversations with your daughter Kellan!!

Elaine A. said...

Sooooo sweet....

And, that very well may be the most gorgeous baby picture I have every laid eyes on.

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