Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A moment to treasure

The clock silently reveals that the time is two o’clock in the morning but nobody knows that because everybody is sleeping.

Not everyone.

A sixth sense tells your slumbering mind that something has changed. A hand carefully nudges your shoulder to confirm this.

“Dad.” A whispered voice enters your conscience and you slowly open one bleary eye.

“Dad.” There it is again.

Your vision slowly focuses on the young boy standing by your bed.

“I was having a nightmare”

No further words are said. No further words are needed.

You close the eye and pull back the cover.

A small body climbs into the bed and you feel its warmth as it snuggles up into you. You wrap your arms around the child and pull him closer.

Four seconds later, your son is snoring.

Five minutes should be enough.

You wait. You can barely stay awake but you’re quite enjoying the moment. Perhaps another two minutes.

Wordlessly you pull back the duvet and tap his shoulder. He knows what to do, he’s been here before. 

You follow him back to his own bed and tuck him in.

He smiles as you kiss his cheek and is asleep before you can walk through his door.

Being a father can be hard.

But sometimes.


It really is worth it.


Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

What a wonderful moment!! Somehow a simple hug can make things all better for our little ones. I love it!


Jan said...

Such a beautiful story. So true, I loved these moments with my children and even now with my grands.

Nick Riches said...

A moment of tranquility in a sea of madness! Alas, for myself those times are over. My "boy" is seventeen after all and I'm sure he would rather be snuggling up to his girlfriend. Bucket of water anyone?

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Glen this is really sweet...I don't have kids of my own but I loved cuddling my niece and nephew when they were little.

janaki nagaraj said...

That is so son is 13 and sometimes still sleeps with us.

fallen monkey said...

Such a sweet vignette of everyday life. :) Really nice to read as someone who is not yet a parent and very intimidated by the prospect...

Luchi Smiles said...

Sweet!. Mine refuses to go back to his bed (he's 5 years old) :)

Barbara said...

Glen, that was beautiful.

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Sometimes it's the littlest moments that create the greatest memories. This was beautiful, Glen.

Kristy said...

I am truly impressed that you take him back.

I developed that so-called sixth sense once I had a child. Sleep is elusive. A mouse could fart and I would wonder if the kid needed something.

Beach Bum said...

Yeah, being a dad is tough but its the best job I have ever had.

Glen said...

Kathy - thanks and yes, sometimes a hug is all it takes.

Jan - cheers and even better with the Grands i suspect because you don't have all the other stuff going on!

Nick - ice cold water I hope!!

Corinne - ta just grab random ones off the street - it all helps :)

Janaki - 13? Grief I reckon I'll have bored of it by then :-)

FM - If it helps pretty much every single other thing they do gets on my tits

Luchi - Ah yes you have to train them up - it takes a while but eventually they learn to go back to their own.

Barbara - thanks :)

Martha - Thank you - and indeed.

Kristy - ha yeah, but you know how it is, once you've woken up you always need the loo so I might as well go back with him while I'm going...

Beach - abso-blummin-lootley. Well actually there was that one time working in the bikini shop....

Andy said...

I am not a parent, but I am well aware of the beauty of love...I exist in its image (smile).
This is a beautiful moment.
Thanks for sharing.

Kristy said...

Hey, I tagged you in the 11 Random Things meme!  Come by my site and check it out.  It's fun.  I never know who likes to participate in tags or not, so if you don't prefer to do it, that's ok!