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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lately

Lately Patience has snuggled much. Always ready to hug a short, sweet hug, with a sweet, scrunched-up smile, we have cuddled often in her 3 1/2 years. But lately, she comes and finds me. She leaves the fun of play with her sisters and seeks me out. Just to sit. Just to wrap her arms around my neck and squeeze and squeeze. She seems to want to linger lately, to soak up as many extra sweet nuzzles as we can. No words, just nuzzle.

I believe she knows what I know.

Soon her thick, squishy body, perfectly proportioned for holding and cuddling, will grow longer. The last sweet remnants of her baby-ness, her chubby fingers and legs, her soft squishy-ness so lovely to just squeeze softly as it's wrapped around me will turn to a lanky, pointy reminder of how fleeting our time is, for snuggling and whispering and kissing and squeezing.

So we stop what we are doing and we squeeze. No words, just nuzzle.

14 comments:

Katie said...

Aww, you know she might know that! I got extra snuggly with my dad in middle school because I had seen Father of the Bride and felt like leaving was just around the corner.:(

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

So bittersweet!

Lisa said...

Squeeze and cuddle that sweet girl up!

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

Snuggles are the best, especially when they come to you.

Becky said...

I hear you Megan. My 3-year-old goddaughter Riley does this all the time. She always comes up to me and says she wants a hug and a kiss. How sweet!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is so sweet! Enjoy this time!

Deb said...

Aww - that is so sweet. I'm gonna go snuggle with my 4 year old right now!

amanda said...

very sweet friend.

enjoy all the extra cuddles and snuggles.

Anne Elizabeth said...

I'm trying to enjoy those moments too! They go by so quickly.

Ris said...

I cant bear to think about the squishy legs being no more! Awwww

Sarah in the Middle said...

Beautifully written! It's good to remember that the chubby snuggliness isn't for keeps. I will nuzzle my squishy ones a little extra today.

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

That's so wonderful.

I love it (usually) when my girl says, "Mama, I dist need some snuddle-ing."

Morning By Morning said...

Aw~ beautifully written!!!& I love that picture :)

The Mrs. said...

what a great post. Its amazing how quickly they grow. My oldest is also 3 1/2 and I swear just the other day I looked at him and its harder and harder to see that toddler that he used to be. Now its just little boy big time.