the scolder’s secret

September 25, 2009

Bathtime!, I call out from upstairs, in my habitual sing-song tone–Lego time’s up: chop, chop!
Then I slip into the hallway, folding a Spiderman pajama top and pretending not to be waiting . . . listening for the patter of little running feet . . . watching for the white flash of a little bare bum.
Rinsing the suds out of his blond curls, I “remind” him to put his dirty clothes in the hamper, where he knows they go . . .
What I don’t tell him is that I love every second that I spend picking up those tightly rolled jerseys and strewn-about socks. I smile each time I see that forgetfulness, and the sight of a rapidly shed pair of shorts, knickers still propped up inside, more lovely to me than a Mona Lisa smile.

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