Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Woman





"A bouncy ball." Lulie pokes a mole below my collar bone. "A bouncy ball."

"Don't." I shoo her chubby finger.

Poke. "A tiny bouncy ball."

"Honey don't, that hurts."

"A bouncy ball," she chimes, finger pointed.

I cover the nubby, "Lucy."

"When I be a woman," she says, "I will have a bouncy ball too."

And like the long sigh, the nervous hum, the occasional sniff, my children gather my flaws and call them perfect.






20 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles. yes she does...adorable....

Southern Gal said...

Sweet.

happygirl said...

*Smile* and that's unconditional love.

Goat said...

Exactly. See how much influence you have! Oh that they latch onto the really important ones as well.

Brandee Shafer said...

LOVE

Sarah Louise Upjohn said...

That just made my day.

Joybird said...

lovely covering :) (1 Pet 4:8)

Daniel and Cerissa said...

oh! oh! I have a bouncy ball too! ;)
Love that girl.

Meryl Jaffe said...

Oh, how lovely! Oh how true, until teenhood (for too many).

Great post.
Meryl Jaffe
http://departingthetext.blogspot.com

life or something like it said...

so sweet

Heather said...

Oh, this is way too cute.

David N. said...

My three year old daughter's new favorite thing to say is "I'm a girl. I have a uterus." Classic.

keLi said...

oh, bethany, how can we keep them just like this?

loved the way you painted this moment. beautiful.

Rachelle said...

So sweet! Bet you never knew you had a bouncy ball, huh?!

Reminds me of how my younger brother used to say "when I grow up and I'm Rachelle, I'm going to....." That always cracked me up.

CoffeeisMyLoveLanguage said...

What a cutie-pie she is.

I have a "polka-dot" haha!

emily wierenga said...

i laughed out loud at this, then sighed as you so perfectly said it... the way they transform our lives, each day, helping us see our Savior, no? love you, lady with the tiny bouncy ball :)

LauraX said...

such a sweet heart!

Tamara @ Living Palm said...

"my children gather my flaws and call them perfect." oh, yes! so true...

Anonymous said...

That is so cute...Ben asked me once if he could have poka dots on his face like mine.

Pam

julie said...

Oh, that's beautiful!