As I’m posting this, it’s Mother’s Day here in the U.S., and I’ve just come from having my second vaccine while my hubs was finally able to get his first. The boys are also mid-vaccine, and by mid-June, our direct family will all be fully vaccinated, which is a huge relief for me. For me, not a bad Mother’s Day gift, though there are some pretty pink lilies and some delicious chocolate covered cherries in the kitchen right now, too. Since the boys will be here soon, I’ll keep this short today and give you a snippet from Light the Way Home. If you haven’t read it yet, clicking on the title will take you to your favorite bookseller to grab a copy.
Lucie should’ve known nap-time would be an issue.
Hayden frowned at her from the foot of the steps, hands fisted at his hips. “I’m not tired.”
She tamped down a smile at that bald-faced lie. “I promised your dad we’d do nap-time, and I don’t break promises, buddy.”
The little boy’s expression shifted to something different, more cunning. “You said you take naps.”
She smile this time. “I do.”
“Then you gotta take one, too. Wif me.”
Gotcha. “Well, first I have to clean up our lunch mess.”
His frown returned. “You hafta nap, too.”
“Are you going to help me clean up in the kitchen?”
“Kay.” He trotted toward her again, startling here.
He was good. She restrained a sigh and followed him into the kitchen. The clean-up wouldn’t take long really. She might actually have to take a nap, or at least lie down with him. Wouldn’t be the first time–just the first time in a couple of years–she’d been outsmarted by a pre-schooler.
Hayden actually did try to help, putting his plate and cup in the dishwasher, and his napkin in the trash, plus a bunch of crumbs on the floor. Lucie ruffled his hair. “Thanks, buddy. Now it’s time.”
He didn’t argue, just led the way upstairs, but he came to a stop in the doorway of his room. “i don’t think you’ll fit in my bed, Lucie.”
“I don’t either, buddy. But I can sleep on the sofa.”
He narrowed his blue eyes. “But then I can’t see if you’re nappin’. You hafta nap up here. I’ll get you one of Daddy’s pillows.” He ran across the hall before she could stop him, then reappeared, dragging a pillow with him. “Here. You can sleep beside my bed.” He swung the pillow toward her.
Lucie caught it. “Okay.” There was no point arguing. If she lay down next to him until he fell asleep, no big deal.
Hayden climbed up onto his bed and wrestled the blankets for a moment until he could slide between them. “Right there,” he said, pointing at the floor beside his bed.
She put the pillow down, then tucked his blankets around him. “Okay. Close your eyes.”
“When you do.”
She smiled. “All right.” She lowered herself to the floor, winking when he leaned over to watch her, then stretched out. “All right, I’m going to close my eyes. One, two, three.” She shut her eyes, listening to him flop down and sigh. “Are your eyes closed?”
“Yep. Have a good nap, Lucie.”
“You, too, Hayden.”
For a few minutes, she listened to him fidget. Then it got quiet. She smiled again.
She winced. “Yeah, buddy?” She kept her tone low.
“I’m glad you moved here. Micah is, too.” He sounded drowsy.
“Who’s Micah?” She should’ve let that go instead of keeping him talking.
If you mother in any shape or form, happy Mother’s Day to you! I’m going to go do a bit of writing before the boys get here, so I can make some progress on this month’s writing goals so I can keep things on schedule and make some release announcements pretty soon.
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