Friday, June 22, 2007

Friends on Friday

Our mother friend and blogger, Sarah from Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering is offering us some words to ponder today about cuddling our toddlers and children. She beautifully illustrates the sublime privilege of spending time with our little ones, cuddling and loving them before they grow up oh so fast!

Benefits of Cuddling with Toddlers

If it’s a half-hour before the alarm clock’s going off and you’re not ready for Noggin yet, there are worse things than letting her into your bed.
You never knew you needed so little pillow to fall asleep.

The Laws of Toddler Physics state that the toddler shall own twice as much blanket and pillow and bed space as the adult to whom she is closest.

That small head, nestled right under your chin with Einstein hair, will only be that small for approximately five more minutes.

Few things will make you as alert early in the morning as a razor-sharp knee or an oak foot in the small of your back or the top of your tummy.

Who needs an exercise regime? Keeping out of the path of her limbs will take off the pounds of five Der Dutchman donuts. Easily.

“Lub you, Mommy.”

The symphony of Someone’s snoring on the other side of the bed and Toddler’s almost-asleep breathing, punctuated with a few kicks from the one who can’t yet demand a place anywhere on the bed, is sweeter than anything composed by Beethoven.

Starting the week with cuddles never hurt anyone.

No one else in the house carries the particular aroma of being two. Whiff it in. Smile. Quick, before it’s gone.

It won’t be long and she won’t want me to cuddle with her. In any way. Ever.

(Incidentally, Sarah is expecting baby number two!)

Dear Sarah,

You are so wise to reap the benefits for you and your children in your cuddling now while they are young. There will be a time when our young ones, as they are growing may pull away from our signs of affection for them; embarrassed in front of their peers or just much too busy for our hugs and kisses. We should give those hugs, caresses, and kisses to them anyway, being mindful of our timing, of course. But, don't worry, will get the hugs back later on when they are older, too! Thank you for your beautiful words that remind mothers to pause and live in the present moment to enjoy their precious gifts from God!

God bless!


Rosemary Bogdan said...

Nice post.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Thank you very much, Rosemary! Feel free to submit something for our segment, "Friends on Fridays."

God bless,