The Laughter Keeps the Crazy at Bay

The Laughter Keeps the Crazy at Bay

It's the head-thrown-back-uninhibited laughter that I'll miss. The giggles and the demands for more tickles. "Go...[giggle]...stop...[giggle]...go...stop...go...stop..." We play this game every day. They are the best minutes strung in a sequence that I can imagine. We can't play it for too long because the giggling is exhausting. I still get excited to pick you up from school. Your eyes light up when you see me, and you run through the hallway and squeal, "Mama, Mama, Mama!" jumping into my arms to slide down and cling to my leg. Heavily, I drag my child-laden leg over to where your coat hangs covered in dirt from a day of playing outside. I don't want to rush these moments. Yes, we have to gather your things and head to the car but these tiny moments only last for a few seconds. I don't want to accidentally brush past them in an effort to get to the next-thing-we-must-do. Today, I don't want to do things we "have" to do, I want to do whatever...
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