It's the same every night. Curtains are closed and her desk lamp is switched on. Snuggled on her bed, Jon reads a chapter out of her most recent book outloud. I get her a cup of water. Then she snuggles down under covers, adjusts her purple unicorn pillow pet (the only pillow she'll sleep on as of late), and then asks, "Will you lay with me?" Sometimes the question is directed at me. Sometimes Jon. Every night.
Many nights there are so many things for me to catch up on, to finish for the day. And it's easy to say no. "No, sweetie, remember all the dishes on the table from dinner? I need to get those cleaned up..." That's almost always followed up with a "Please?!" It's easy to think of a good reason why I shouldn't tonight - I don't want her to need to have someone to lay with her in order for her to go to bed at night (a bad habit!) - or there really is so much I need to get done!
But I've been trying to pepper in some yes's in the midst of all those no's.
And every time I do, I am SO thankful that I did! It's during this time, in the quiet when we're still and snuggling together, that she spills the details from her day. For a six year old in Kindergarten, the details sometimes include who was mean to her that day, or what instrument she got to play in music, or how good her lunch was. And it's a beautiful, perfect time for me to weave in a reminder of how God may have been working through those circumstances in her day. And to tell her how much I missed her that day.
And to think, if I had said no, I would have missed those words shared between us.
Someday, she won't ask me to lay with her anymore.
I LOVE my boys with all of my heart and soul, but there is just something about my sweet girl - about US girls. There's something special about that. And I treasure the time I have with her in the quiet at night before she drifts to sleep. Oh, how thankful I am to be this girl's mommy.