Body weary from a busy week, I struggle to stay awake while snuggled on the couch with a book. Simply longing for a few minutes to myself to rest, I struggle with impatience at the child tugging at my toes to play with her.
Undeterred by my request to simply play quietly by herself, she climbs up beside me. "Mommy?" she whispers quietly.
I sigh and respond, "Yes child."
And then it happens. One small extraordinary moment amid the domestic routine of my day.
Cupping my face in her little hands, she pulls me close and whispers...
"I love you."