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What was my perfect moment?Love Your Interruptions
"Mommy, would you cuddle with me?"
My 9 year-old son, Reed, still asks me that at bedtime. It's at the part of the day when I just want to open up my computer and finish that post, respond to that email, look up that fact I was wondering about earlier. In other words, I'm ready to be off duty for the day.
The voice of my dad, he of the oft-repeated Dadisms, speaks softly but powerfully in my head: Love your interruptions.
I take a deep breath this night and put down the laptop, deciding to make my son's question not an interruption but, instead, a gift.
We read a few pages of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I declare it's time for lights out. He pulls out his iPod and says he wants to play a song for me. I curl my body around his while he finds the song.
It's one we've both been singing loudly in the car whenever it comes on the radio. It's a catchy tune and I've been known to crank up the music for the kids and me to sing along as loudly as we can. It's become our anthem for this winter. The song is, at its core, about resilience and relying on people close to you.
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
There are some songs, when they come on the radio, that transport me to another place and time. I'm sure you have some, too. The first song I slow-danced to at the junior-high Sadie Hawkins dance. The first time a boy told me he loved me, via Commodores lyrics. Any song on the mix-tape that my husband gave me shortly after we met. Your whole being goes there -- your mind, your emotions, your body. You are, instantly, 14 again, 17 again, 30 again.
I know that this song, this Winter 2012/13 anthem, will forever take Reed back to the sensations and emotions we share this night, cuddled in his bed, sharing an intimate, loving, resonant perfect moment. When he's a teenager at college, when he first gets his own apartment, when he's a new dad, heck, when he's a grandfather (there I go, time traveling again), whenever he hears this song, he will feel warm, happy, loved through and through.
That thought makes me supremely happy that I chose to love this interruption.
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Lori Lavender Luz writes regularly at LavenderLuz.com about parenting and living mindfully. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption will be published by Rowman & Littlefield and available in March, 2013. She lives in Denver and on Twitter she's @LavLuz.
The next Perfect Moment Monday event will begin February 25.
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