This morning as we were racing around getting ready for school, Kelton came up to me, still in his pajamas, and before I had a chance to tell him to go get dressed (for the fourth time) he wrapped his arms around me and hugged me. I hugged him back, quickly, and went to direct him to his room.
Without looking up, he held tightly on and said in an unusually soft and almost pleading tone, “Just a little longer Mama? Please?” I knelt down and just held him. It wasn’t for that long, maybe only about 30 seconds, but he held tighter than he has in recent memory.
I waited until he let go before I dropped my arms. He just looked at me and said, “Thank you. Some days I just need a little extra.” It melted my heart as I thought of all of those days that I need just a little extra. It has put a new perspective on not getting so caught up in the hurry and crazy, that I fail to recognize their needs and when they need that little extra.