The Word: STAY
A weekly challenge by Lisa-Jo Baker. We all write about 1 word for five minutes.
Unedited. Just thoughts.
Hectic. Start the dishwasher. Put out a clean towel. Squeeze the toothpaste and brush all of his little teeth. He giggles. Swish and spit.
Shirt pulls over his head, gets stuck, and he has a silly shirt-hat.
Zip up the jammies, all the way up to his chin. Give a kiss on the nose. He wipes it off.
Pull back the blankets. Hug reealllly tight.
His arms around my neck, begging me to stay.
I move to leave, and he holds tighter.
“I want to read you a story, mommy.” His way of saying he wants to talk to me about cars and dinosaurs and super heroes.
I let him run his imagination for a bit. My mind wanders to the paperwork on the dining room table. The emails I’ve marked as important and haven’t responded to. The blog I’ve been waiting to write. The chapter I was longing to finish.
I try to leave.
He holds tighter.
How can I stay when I have so much to do? Fold the laundry. Sweep the crumbs from the kitchen. Relax on the couch.
His eyes grin. Arms wrapped. Snuggled close.
I stay. Because one day, he’ll go.