Only a few grains remain in the upper globe of the hourglass. Soon, the boys will be out of school and my long mornings with Mary will drift into the past.
Yes, there will always be summers and vacations, 4 o’clock tea parties after a long day of first grade next fall, but never again will we have so many hours alone.
I’ve been greedy with my Mary-time this year, unwilling to make plans that exclude her in the mornings and frustrated with events that steal her away from me. As we walked down the mall today a passerby crooned, “Look how happy she is to be with her mama!”
With brighter weather this week we’ve taken to the front porch for tea/gardening parties. Admiring her perfectly set table, I convinced her to change into her bee skirt (because it matches the tea set) and she agreed to photos on the conditions that 1. Nesquik could be added to her milk and 2. she didn’t have to look at the camera.
“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” she warned.
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 t. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cups flower
2 cups chocolate chips
325° until cracks form on the surface.