Friday, March 25, 2011

Waking Up (A Five Minute Post)

Lisa-Jo challenged me to write about waking up in just five minutes!

My eyelids always flutter open, never quite sure they want the day to burst in just yet, always apparently double and triple checking to be sure that in face the sun is shining through my window and casting dancing color shadows in the dark insides of my eyes. Then I stretch out down to the tips of my toes and breathe in deep the smells of home and of weighty, beautiful rest.

I sneak into my mom's bed on Saturday mornings even now, crawl into the warm space that Dad leaves behind when he gets up early to read the newspaper and warm the coffee in the mug and scribble the crossword puzzle down. I sneak in and wrap myself tight in mom's arms, in her sleepy hug, in the clean light of the early morning when all is still except the busy robins and the thumping tail of the dog downstairs and our hands tucked into the sheets. And we soak in these last moments before I live far away and no longer can patter my bare feet on the centuries-old wooden floors, avoid the customary creaks and groans of the rickety house and clamber in, limbs flailing, to be daughter with Mom, to be close and wake up all over again into the new, new morning.



  1. beautiful. i miss saturday mornings like that

  2. Lovely imagery in your words. Beautiful five minute post!

  3. oh pretty and lovely! so happy that you have such a close relationship with your mom. =)

  4. Oh Hilary, what beautiful tender words!

  5. so tender! i love it and hope my wee ones grow and still want to be around:)

    my 3yo and i have been going back and forth, with her telling me that she is NOT my baby and me telling her that she always will be.

    LOVE your new look here!

  6. This is the sweetest thing ever! I'm sure your mom cherishes those times together.

  7. oh goodness. this made me a little welly eyed. beautiful, hilary.

  8. Thank you all so much - I love to check in on these little blog posts and hear your encouragement. Thank you all so much (and the new look is for the promise of spring!)

  9. What a lovely picture you paint with your words! Makes me long for those days of youth when I could sneak into my mom's room for the same.

    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  10. Makes me want to snuggle up with my daughter before she leaves to head back to college after the spring break!

    Hope she knows she can always climb in :)

    Thank you for your lovely words.

  11. Oh man, how I love that you still do that. How I love to imagine our kids all home from college and sneaking into bed to wake up with us and laugh and remember how hard we used to try to boot them out when they were kids. Thanks for showing me how kids remember these moments and how important they are!


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