Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I can't think of a better word to describe it than...a sliver. A sliver of time that will be permanently imprinted in your mind.
The other day, I had my three youngest kids in the car. I had been at a dr. appt. for Jake with Jake, Naomi and Luke. After an hour of trying to communicate with the doctor over Luke's fussing and Jake and Naomi's mischief, I was exhausted.
I pulled into Arby's to grab lunch so I wouldn't return Jake to school famished.
I passed out the grub.
As I continued driving down the freeway towards my 7 year olds educational institution, I glanced in the rear view mirror to make sure he was eating.
There I saw him.
A sliver of time.
He was sitting in the back seat, merrily munching on his jr. roast beef, in his long sleeve red uniform shirt on a hot day (this kid wears long sleeves in July...) with a complete look of contentment on his face. Almost...magical.
In that sliver of time, my eyes filled with tears.
He looked perfect.
Perfectly content with life.
And in that moment, I was too.
I thought that in 30 years from now, James and I will be looking at each other wondering what to do with ourselves.
And we would do anything...anything for that sliver of time back.
When our car was full of merrily munching children and our wallets were empty.
When our house was small and quaint, but every square inch was used.
For these four perfect faces to wake us up in the middle of the night.
We will realize then, that a good night's sleep was over-rated anyway.


Natalie said...

OK that post has me bawling. I think I need a Coke now.

Lewis Family said...

Oh sweet Jesse!! I used to peek in on your posts every now and then. You make me laugh out loud and cry!! I love that you have a new baby. Scout is beautiful!! Congratulations on all you are doing.