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Ruth’s Slice: I’ve Gotta Secret!

I was putting the little guy down to bed and he whispers:  “Momma, I gotta secret.  Wanna know it?”

Smiling, because, really, what kind of secret could a two and a half year old have from his mom, I whisper back, “You want to share it?”

“Uh-huh,” he nods, serious.

“Okay, what is it?” I encourage him.

He sits up on his elbows and spews his secret:  “Every night when everyone else is asleep I hop outta bed and flip on my light.  Then I play and play and play all by myself until I’m tired again.  Then I go to sleep.”

“That’s a good secret,” I smile at him, now understanding why each morning his light is blazing away.

He nods, his eyes sparkling.  “Don’t tell,” he said as he cuddled under the covers.

“Your secret’s safe with me,” and I kiss him good night.

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Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

7 thoughts on “Ruth’s Slice: I’ve Gotta Secret! Leave a comment

  1. I LOVE THIS POST! Not only is it one of the most well-written slices I’ve ever seen (can I use it as a mentor entry with my students R?), but it captures the essence of Sam’s life and what’s important to him right now. I can see and feel a layout coming on very soon… something with the blazing light in the morning and him still in bed when you walk through the door to his bedroom.

    So many wonderful posts for me to catch up on now that my holiday is over. Thanks for picking up my slack while I was in synagogue for Rosh Hashanah Ruth.


  2. Ruth, I love this “Slice of Life.” So cool that your son wanted to share his secret with you. I know my son did the same thing as a young boy. The habit usually made it difficult to get him up for school in the morning, yet what are they supposed to do if they can’t sleep. I tried to encourage reading if they couldn’t sleep. Now he loves to read and graduated from college with an English degree, even though his SAT test scores showed his math strength.

    It’s so wonderful to have the time and patience to hear the bedtime thoughts?


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