For over a week now, I've been cuddling on the couch in front of a warm fire with my kids. This happens during the Six O'clock hour of the mornings before MusicMan wakes up and walks the dog. The steroids make it almost impossible for me to sleep longer than a 3 or 4 hour stretch and as it turns out, I've been awake when Little Sister and Big Brother come downstairs a little after 6:00 am each morning. I can't stay in bed unoccupied after I awaken. I've got to get up and move around. I've usually stoked the fire and added a few logs and then just sit in the quiet darkness meditating and preparing for the day by going over all my blessings and expectations. It only takes an hour or so and the kids are awakening on their own and I relish this quiet time with them when they are huggy and soft and warm and cuddly and lovable....before they really wake up and bust with energy and the million questions of the day. One the motor of the day begins, there is no putting it back to sleep or back in it's cage.
Last year, when we really started using the fireplace to heat our home, we came up with a ritual type activity and MusicMantold the kids that if they sit real still and watch the fire and be quiet, they'll be able to see fairies dancing in the flames. Little Sister says that they are orange and Big Brother says they are blue - but it still continues to mesmerize them each and every time as they occupy themselves with trying to catch a glimpse of the fairies dancing. I love this age of innocence and wish I could capture it forever. We have convinced them that if you speak one sound - they will instantly disappear so they both try real hard to be as quiet as possible. Sometimes, I will hear Little Sister gasp as she whisper to her brother, "I see one. Did you see it too?"
Tonight, as I was tucking them in.....Little Sister says to me, "Momma, are we gonna be able to watch the fairies dance in the morning?" and I just smiled and said, "We sure are, sweetie." and she says back to me with a hug, "Momma, that's my berry favorite part of the day - watching fairies dance with you."
I hope your fairies dance forever sweet girl.