Wednesday, February 13, 2019

We Always Take Care Of Each Other. Unconditionally.

Our kids are amazing for so many reasons. One of those reasons is their ability to know when either one of their Mamas are out of kilter. Whether one of us is sick, sad, or simply having a bad day, they just know. When they sense it, they're glued to our sides and more than ready to dole out extra lovin' and snuggles.

For example, on February 1st, I learned that a close friend of mine had passed away that previous Monday. We had been friends for over 20 years. When I learned of the news, I was devastated. I cried. A lot.

I have no shame in admitting that I had tears running down my face while sweeping the kitchen floor and washing the dishes.

When it was time to give our kids their vitamins and the first round of afternoon snacks, they gathered as usual. But, on that day, they didn't get rambunctious prior to sitting. That translates to Coco and Lobo not barking, Sophie not trying to climb my chest and Willa not mimicking Tigger.

After giving them vitamins and snacks, they lingered. Coco didn't wander off. Sophie didn't go on a mad dash to lick the crumbs. Lobo didn't bark. Willa didn't bring me her ball for a little indoor fetch. They sat there. Gazing at me.

I cried.

I told our kids why I was crying.

They sat there looking at me.

I laid on my side.

They all curled up against me.

Coco licked my face.

Lobo licked my arm.

Sophie snorted.

Willa licked my ear.

I snuggled with our kids for almost an hour. They stayed with me.

Before getting up, I gave them all kisses and thanked them and told them how much I love them.

We continued our day. I felt better.

When Lisa and I are sick, they are glued to our sides too whether it's in bed or on the sofa. And, they don't get into their usual shenanigans.

On the flip side, when one of our kids are feeling under the weather or they've had surgery, this is the scene.

When I take a few steps back and I'm on the outside looking in, this is one of the many, many things that I love about our family.

We always take care of each other.



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