yes, gentle readers, it IS 6:58 am. i have just come back from walking the girl to the bus stop.
she was up, ready and making her lunch when i finally started listening to my snooze button this morning. i made coffee, inhaled some and then we walked--in the dark, drizzle--to the bus stop.
the girl is a morning person. she was telling me about science class, the one i was sure would bore her to tears cos the teacher is like ben stein. they are studying earth worms. they're going to look at them under microscopes today. she's the only one in the class that pays attention. "half of them don't listen, half of them are talking to each other and then there's me." ok, so her math skills aren't the greatest.
then we hear the bus coming. i hand her her viola and before i can say i love you, as i do every morning, she leans up to kiss me and says i love you. i almost started bawling right there. what a gift. what power she has over me. what power she has to get my day started off great--even if it is hellaciously early.
my kids are incredibly affectionate, even now thank god. but the girl has had rules about what i can and can't do in any near-school or school situations since about the 4th grade. and kissing has always been off the table--for god's sake, people might see!
so, this morning was a gift.