Our Moment

kisses

an old picture, us in 2012

Our daughter is teething. Those top two teeth, extra wide and unevenly spaced, will endear her to us in a thousand ways. But right now they are the source of feverish fuss and wailing.

So I hold her close, rest her head against my chest, skin on skin. We rock. I murmur. I kiss her head, slightly damp. I breathe her in.

I think: millions of moms before me have done this. Thousands have written about it, probably hundreds have blogged.

But this is my daughter and this is our moment.

Milky Way by National Geographic

Milky Way by National Geographic

I shiver because the awe of that is bigger than my body, this room in which we sit, bigger even than the moon above our house, our blue planet, spinning, bigger than the dark.

All the moms and daughters who have gone before enter me in a rush, and I hold the moment steady, low in my belly.

I rock and I murmur and I breathe. Long slow breaths, because I’m holding the universe’s universe. I’m holding on.

 

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This is a Perfect Moment Monday post inspired by Lori Lavender Luz. Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between. On the last Monday of each month we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join. Read more perfect moments on the blog hop.

10 thoughts on “Our Moment

    • Thanks, Heather, and thanks for following my blog! It is so nice to hear from other moms!

  1. Oh, your post does for me what visiting a planetarium does — it invites the intersection between the insignificant and the super-significant.

    Here you are, one of billions on this big blue ball, and you get to sit and abide with your one-in-a-zillion daughter while she gets used to having teeth. How awe-some is that??

    • Planetarium, yes! I will never forget the night I drove out onto the mesa outside Chimayo, New Mexico to look at the stars. They literally brought me to my knees. Intersection is a great way to capture it. Thanks for sharing my post!

  2. What a beautiful moment. I really love this part especially: “I shiver because the awe of that is bigger than my body, this room in which we sit, bigger even than the moon above our house, our blue planet, spinning, bigger than the dark.” It is so true. All those special moments we share with our children, they are exactly as you describe them, even though (or maybe because) they’ve been experienced so many times before, and yet they are uniquely ours.

    • Thank you Esperanza! I just found your blog and LOVED your post this morning. Love that letter-to-myself format. Your writing is inspiring.

  3. You describe this so beautifully!

    And what you write is close to what’s happening here – while my youngest is suffering from two emerging canines, my preschooler requests to watch Chris Hatfield’s rendition of Space Oddity several times a day.

    • Thank you. 🙂 Glad to know I have company. At least it’s not the Elmo song!! Although I guess hearing any song enough times starts to ruin it. There’s probably a formula, involving a multiplication factor of how much you previously loved the song before your kiddo discovered it, that we could use to calculate that stuff. I should ask my math mama friends..

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