The Times That Make It Worth It

As you are no doubt aware, we’ve had some rough times recently. Of the Kara’s-not-sleeping-so-nobody’s-sleeping variety. And now Steve and I have finally succumbed to whatever strain of cold Kara’s been suffering from. But days like today… let me tell you, days like today make any number of sleepless nights worth it.

Today, Kara woke up singing. Literally. I couldn’t make out what she was singing, but after I opened her door, she sat up and told me, “I sing song.” “That’s right, I heard. What were you singing?” “I sing ABCs.” And she demonstrated for me.

After a remarkably un-dramatic breakfast, she wanted to take a walk. We went into the woods, and of course she asked me to carry her most of the time. It was as perfect a fall day as you could ask for, with blue skies, a smattering of white clouds, and a lovely breeze. And as I carried her, Kara put her arms around my neck and rested her head on my shoulder. After a couple minutes in repose, she sighed, “I love you.” She came to visit me at work this evening, and she screamed with laughter as she raced toward me to give me a hug. She was so excited to tell me about her day that she was literally hopping as she told me about the books she’d read with Dada at the library.

And tonight, twice, as I read her a bedtime story, she put her head on my knee and said, “I love you.”

Let me assure you, even as I type this at 1:00 in the morning, unable to fall asleep after her most recent scream-fest over an hour ago… days like today make it seem like no sacrifice at all.

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