Tuesday, October 18, 2011

For Savoring

He arrives home from school all aglow, bursting with news... the desk fairy visited kindergarten. He produces his fairy treat -- a red Lifesaver. Savoring sweet candy after lunch he asks me if we can read On Christmas Eve. We do, just as we have done many times before.

The other, he climbs in the car with shirttail hanging, tousled hair, and dreams of go-carts. Brothers slurp orange juice from fruit then set snack aside to dash outdoors, intent on the serious work of their play. They romp and run and holler. Their man-child ways making my heart smile. Boys, sucking and savoring the juice of childhood... a wonder, a delight.

...May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
— may He bless these boys...
Genesis 48:15-16