When I have read you the same book 467 times,
Please help me to remember the dimples on your fingers.
When it is 10p.m., and you have asked for three more stories, a drink of water, a new pair of pyjamas, the opportunity to poop on the potty for the very first time, a different stuffed animal, another different stuffed animal, your daddy, your gramma, your aunt, and to wear a pair of pink patent leather shoes to bed,
Please help me to remember the feel of your gossamer hair on my cheek as you tuck your head into my collarbone.
When I step in a wad of forgotten play dough, or slip on a slick of dropped Cheerios,
Please help me to remember your oh-so-fleeting and yet so special admissions of love.
When you are thrashing around on your bedroom floor, in the grocery store, and on the front lawn, screaming and hitting and flailing your legs in frustration and anger,
Please help me to remember those moments when you tuck yourself under my arm, pull a blanket up over our legs and say, “Mommy, I wanna snugga you.”
When I am ready to give up,
Please help me to remember that I’m the string on your kite, the anchor to your little boat; all you’ve got right now.
- 3 cups fresh cherries, pitted and chopped finely
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- In a large saucepan, combine the cherries, maple syrup and vanilla. Simmer over medium heat until the cherries soften and begin to break down.
- Remove the cherries from the heat and stir in the chia seeds. Allow to sit for approximately 15 minutes, until the chia seeds thicken the jam to your desired consistency.
- Spoon the jam into an airtight container and keep refrigerated. It tastes delicious on ricotta-spread toast in the morning.