The other night as I was tucking Lili into bed she asked if I was going to stay upstairs with her. I told her I was going to head downstairs to do the dinner dishes.
"And then you will come back and snuggle with me?"
I was about to say of course (a fib), knowing she would be asleep in a matter of minutes. When I looked at her all long-legged and sleepy-eyed snuggled on the bed~ I had one of those moments of clarity. I saw the fleetingness of this time. How long will I be able to cuddle with my two year old Lilikoi? And I crawled into her toddler bed and wrapped my arms around her.
As she was falling asleep she ran her hand back and forth softly over the bare skin on my shoulder like a mantra. Her fingers were warm and my skin was cool.
She fell asleep within five minutes.