Friday, October 8, 2010
For Ellie Jane
You don't need to be a mother, you just need to have loved someone for this to move you deeply.
This may see you: allowing your favourite little person to cover your favourite boots with sea shell stickers; stepping back to allow her to run riot through the aquarium; collapsing into hysterics as you realise her chant of "hippo-tai-tai" and slapping her knees is actually a reasonably faithful imitation of The Wiggles; melting as she cups your face in her hands then tangles her tiny fingers in your hair and exclaims, "Mummy! Hair! Fluffy!".
You may also stop momentarily and breathe these moments as deeply as you can, silently thanking Liz for the gift of being present in this moment.
You will likely find yourself whispering a prayer that she will one day be able to inhale delicious moments like this with her own daughter.
Do it for Liz and for Ellie Jane. And do it for you.
With thanks to Jennifer for the image and inspiration.